Exhibition In Arcueil’s Leafy Groves
Drawing an 18th-Century Garden
from March 24, 2016 to June 20, 2016
Vue du parc d'Arcueil de Jean-Baptiste Oudry,
© Musée du Louvre, dist. RMN - Grand Palais / Suzanne Nagy
The Arcueil domain knew its golden age in the early 18th century. Situated near the aqueduct built for Marie de Medici between 1614 and 1624, the château was surrounded by a vast garden that included flowerbeds, woodland, covered galleries, and stairs.
After the death of the Prince de Guise the domain found a new owner, whose heirs subdivided it. When it was sold in 1752 the château and its grounds were razed under circumstances that remain unclear. Between the 19th and 20th centuries the town of Arcueil sprang up around the aqueduct; of this substantial estate, with its sumptuous gardens and numerous outbuildings, only a few fragments now remain.
Nonetheless, the memory of this historic site lives on in landscape drawings of Arcueil made by various artists in the 1740s.
The goal of the exhibition is to present virtually all of these drawings for the first time.
Xavier Salmon, Musée du Louvre.
From March 24 to June 20, 2016
Denon wing, 1st floor, Mollien rooms.
€15 (permanent collections + exhibitions).
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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