Museum renovations

We are currently renovating the rooms dedicated to 18th-century French art.

While we are closed, discover some of the objects from this remarkable collection of furniture, objects in silver and gold, paintings, sculptures, books, clocks, tapestries and porcelain.

The Museum galleries dedicated to 18th-century French art bring together a remarkable collection of furniture, objects in gold and silver, paintings, sculptures, books, tapestries, porcelain and clocks that testify to the excellence of French artistic production at this time. 

Significant renovations of the silver collections display will enable a reappraisal of the collection through new methods of display, highlighting objects and creating new relationships between the objects and the way they are viewed by the public. 

The display of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and books produced in 18th-century France will also benefit from renovations, with the support of Max Mara. 

We are currently creating new content to enrich the experience of our visitors. Come and visit us when we reopen! 

 

Follow the reinstallation

What happens between the moment when the gallery closes and the moment it reopens? Follow each step of the reinstallation here.

The Collection

‘Only the best’, said Calouste Gulbenkian about his purchases of works of art. Discover which of these feature in the European art gallery.

 

Canapé

The upholstery is the most distinctive element of this settee. Made by the prestigious Manufacture de Beauvais, the back is decorated with the allegorical figures of Ceramics, Fertility and Fidelity, while the seat shows a cock fight, with a rural landscape on either side.

Cartel Clock

Jacques Caffieri was one of the biggest names in 18th-century bronze art. From the two almost sculpture-like children at the top to the exuberant decoration surrounding the whole piece, this cartel clock provides a perfect reflection of the trends of the period.

Tapestry

The gallery dedicated to European art from the 15th to the 17th centuries was also closed due to the renovation. It was thus necessary to remove the tapestries on display here, which illustrate the superb Italian textile production that reached its peak in the 16th century. In this work, titled ‘Fishing’, made after Giulio Romano, a group of cupids are enjoying themselves beside a brook in an idyllic landscape. During the renovation, these tapestries will be cleaned and studied, a process we hope to share soon.

Pair of mustard pots

This pair of mustard pots by Antoine-Sébastien Durand, constitutes a unique fusion of appearance and function: the handcarts pushed by the two children allow the mustard inside the barrels to be ‘wheeled’ quickly to any part of the dining table.

Portrait of Thomas Germain and His Wife

In this painting by Nicolas de Largillierre, we see the renowned silversmith Thomas Germain and his wife Anne-Denise Gauchelet. The couple is portrayed inside the artist’s workshop, in the Louvre, where we can identify various famous works of his creation.

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