An evening with Princess Mathilde – A Bonaparte and the Arts

from 27/06/2019 to 30/09/2019
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The next exhibition at the Palais Fesch will begin on 27 June 2019 and is devoted to the Princess Matilde – Napoleon’s niece and cousin of Napoleon III – and especially her close connection to artists (Giraud, Hebert, Cabanel, Meissonier, Fromentin …) and writers (Flaubert, Gautier, Sainte-Beuve, the Goncourt brothers … and fascinated the young Marcel Proust… ) of her time.

An evening with Princess Mathilde – A Bonaparte and the Arts

French title: Un soir chez la princesse Mathilde, une Bonaparte et les Arts”

The exhibition is organised into various sections evoking her Italian exile, her own artistic career, her various residences and especially the relationship between her artistic tastes and her literary salon, reviewed in the light of new documents.

Section 1: A “Historical Salon”, Mathilde, rue de Berri and
Section 2: A childhood in Italy
Section 3: Mathilde, Princess of the Second Empire
Section 4: The Artist
Section 5: Mathilde in private, Mathilde’s residences and
their intertior decorations / Decorative arts, Fashion, Jewellery
Section 6: Mathilde “Woman of the arts” and the artists of her
time / The Princess’s collection of paintings
Section 7: Saint-Gratien / The Princess’ Literary Salon /
Mathilde during the Third Republic

The general curator of the exhibition is Philippe Costamagna, director of the Palais Fesch, assisted by Carole Blumenfeld, associate researcher at the Palais Fesch, Adrien Goetz, member of the Institute (Académie des Beaux-Arts) and Paul Perrin, curator of paintings at the Musée d’Orsay.

The exhibition is being held in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée National du Château de Compiègne, with the exceptional support of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Paris, the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et Trianon and the Musée Hébert de La Tronche

Press dossier (in French)

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