The Grand Condé. Rival of the Sun-King?
September 5, 2016 – January 2, 2017
This fall, the Domaine de Chantilly will stage an unprecedented show on Prince Louis II de Bourbon-Condé entitled “The Grand Condé. Rival of the Sun-King?” (“Le Grand Condé. Le rival du Roi-Soleil?” This celebrated military mastermind led his country to numerous victories, instigated a rebellion against his own cousin King Louis XIV, and devoted the latter part of his life to embellishing the Château de Chantilly and its gardens as well as to encouraging contemporary artistic creation. For the first time ever, a major exhibition is dedicated to the life and legend of this emblematic figure of 17th-century France and it is only fitting that Chantilly – his favorite residence – be the venue, just steps from the Museum that bears his name.
The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly would like to thank Mr. Robert de Rothschild for his generous support of “The Grand Condé. Rival of the Sun King?”
March 23, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Pierre-Paul Prud’hon (1758-1823) enjoyed a prolific career in post-Revolutionary France as a painter and decorator, in particular receiving commissions from Napoleon and Josephine. The Musée Condé’s collection includes an exceptional ensemble of twenty-six drawings and four paintings by Prud’hon, which was bequeathed by the Duke d’Aumale with the rest of his extraordinary art collection. This exhibition is the first time since 1997 – when the Musée Condé’s drawings underwent complete conservation work – that these pieces will be exhibited together.
The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly is pleased to offer a private viewing of “Pierre-Paul Prud’hon” with curator Nicole Garnier on March 31 for its guests and patrons.
The Century of Francis I
September 7, 2015 – December 7, 2015
The Domaine de Chantilly’s major exhibition in Fall 2015 celebrated the arts of the French Renaissance and its greatest patron, King Francis I (1494-1547). “The Century of Francis I” (“Le règne de François Ier”) illustrated the legacy of this enlightened Renaissance prince through more than 150 paintings, drawings, manuscripts and books, and objects. The majority of the works was drawn from the spectacular holdings of the Musée Condé and the Library of the Château de Chantilly including a large number of items from Francis I’s personal collection.
The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly was delighted to support “The Century of Francis I” through a generous grant from the T. Kimball Brooker Foundation.