LEARN ART APPRECIATION
Before visiting the Musee Conde, Chantilly
Art Evaluation: How to Appreciate Art.
See our guide to the art of
Painting (oils/watercolours), or
Sculpture (marble/bronze), or
For news of any major exhibitions
of fine art being held at the
Musee Conde, Chantilly, see:
Art News Headlines.
Many of the gallery's works are displayed in a rather haphazard manner,
in no particular chronological order or art school. Apparently the Duke
who donated the Chateau to the Institute of France in 1897 requested that
exhibits not be reorganized. Most of the important paintings can be found
in a small room called the Sanctuaire, including examples of miniature
portrait painting by the French Renaissance artist Jean
Fouquet (1420-81) and Italian High Renaissance painter Raphael (1483-1520).
Passing through the Galerie de Psyche with its stained
glass art, the visitor next enters the Tribune Room where the
remaining important works are located including paintings by Sandro Botticelli
(1445-1510), Piero di Cosimo
(1462-1522) and Filippino Lippi (1457-1504). Other painters represented
include Fra Angelico (1395-1455), painter and printmaker Federico Barocci
(c.1526-1612), members of the Bolognese
school such as Baroque painters Annibale
Carracci (1560-1609), Domenichino
(1581-1641), Guercino (1591-1666)
and Salvator Rosa (1615-76).
Also in the collection are works by the great French classicist Nicolas
Poussin (1594-1665), the eminent Flemish portrait artist Sir Anthony
Van Dyck (1599-1641), rococo artist Jean-Antoine
Watteau (1684-1721), portraitists Jean-Baptiste Greuze (1725-1805),
and Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92). It also has French
painting by the doyen of the Paris Academy J.A.D.Ingres
Corot (1796-1875), Romantic painter Eugene
Delacroix (1798-1863), as well as the caricaturist and lithographer
(1791-1824). The gallery also owns 366 restored portrait drawings by Jean
Clouet (1480-1541) and his son Francois (1510-72), which were originally
owned by Queen Catherine de Medici.