The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly is delighted to partner with Découvert Fine Art on a special initiative designed to raise much needed support for the Château de Chantilly and its incredible collection of prints and drawings.
Chantilly houses almost 10,000 works on paper, dating from the Renaissance to the 19th century, including works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Delacroix, Poussin, Watteau, Dürer and Rembrandt. They were acquired by Henri d’Orléans (1822-1897), Duke d’Aumale, who firmly believed that art should be used for the education and enjoyment of the people. In keeping with the Duke’s wish that his collection be shared as much as possible, a Gallery of Prints and Drawings was created in early 2017. Since then, two to three exhibitions have been organized every year… until 2020. Due to the pandemic, major shows on Raphael and Carmontelle had to close prematurely after being open only for a few weeks, and others scheduled for 2021-2022 were postponed or cancelled. While Chantilly will no doubt face financial challenges for some time, we hope it will soon continue, once again, to present exciting exhibitions, be a valuable resource for experts and collectors, and offer delight to art lovers everywhere.
The Friends of the Domaine de Chantilly has supported Chantilly’s Gallery of Prints and Drawings since its inception. We are deeply grateful to Steven Law, Donald Stroud and Découvert Fine Art for recognizing the importance of this extraordinary collection and for their generosity. We would also like to thank all those who participate in this initiative by making a donation. Funds raised will benefit future exhibitions and publications on Chantilly’s prints and drawings as well as their ongoing study and conservation.