On Thursday, January 25, Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly (FODC) and The Center for the History of Collecting of The Frick Collection hosted a riveting evening panel discussion dedicated to the Duke d’Aumale and the phenomenal art collections at Chantilly. Over 120 guests convened in the Frick’s splendid Music Room, distinguished by its glass dome and damask walls, and were welcomed by museum director Ian Wardropper.
After this warm welcome, Inge Reist, Director of The Center for the History of Collecting, moderated the conversation while invited speakers Prince Amyn Aga Khan, Chairman of the Board of FODC, Philippe de Montebello, Director Emeritus of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Mathieu Deldicque, curator of the Musée Condé at Chantilly, all shared their insight on the Duke d’Aumale’s collection. They also highlighted some of their favorite pieces, including stunning portrayals of the French royal court in the 18th century by Carmontelle and the superbly illuminated miniatures by Jean Fouquet entitled “The Hours of Etienne Chevalier.” Guests had the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of Chantilly and how the Duke d’Aumale came to amass such an incredible art collection featuring priceless old master paintings and drawings, furniture, and manuscripts and books.
After the talk, a reception followed allowing guests to engage with the speakers. Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly would like to thank The Center for the History of Collecting and The Frick Collection for co-hosting this wonderful event and the speakers for sharing their expertise and knowledge about the Duke d’Aumale and Chantilly’s spectacular art collection.
Event photographs by Christine A. Butler.