The artist, Nelie Jacquemart, gave up her brushes when she got married. Her passion for art however, continued to blossom, ... More
The artist, Nelie Jacquemart, gave up her brushes when she got married. Her passion for art however, continued to blossom, fired by her equally enthusiastic husband who commissioned the building of this elegant house in 1869. During their travels across Europe, they collected objets d'art, paintings and other contemporary treasures. On her death, Nelie left the whole collection to the Institut de France, which opened a museum in the former residence. Most of the works exhibited date from the Italian Renaissance but there are also examples of the Flemish and French schools from the 17th and 18th Centuries. Frescoes, delicate pieces of furniture and tapestries are worth the visit. Works by famous artists, such as Rembrandt, Carpaccio, Donatello and Fragonard, are also on display here.
When you get tired of standing in lines to get into the better known attactions in Paris, take a half of a day to visit this magnificent house.
It is still appointed with the original owners' furnishings, paintings and tapestries. The lady of the house was a well respected portrait artist and her husband a recognized collector. Together they assembled a world class collection, including some of the best Italian pieces to be found anywhere outside of Italy.
The museum is administrated by a private management firm (Culture Espaces), and it shows. Go to their website for information, and a link to see more about Musee Jacquemart-Andre. But mostly, just go to this jewel of a house in a nice part of Paris, a short walk from either the Arc or the Opera.
The original owner and designer of the small chateau was Edward Andre. He and Baron Rothchild saved Paris from the Prussians by paying a ransom to Chancellor Bismarck during the Franco-Prussian war. The house is not well marked. From the street, one enters through an arched opening. You feel as if you are transported into the past. The house and grounds are very well furnished in period French. The suites of tapestries and furnishings are wonderful. The art is exceptional. The restaurant serves a delightful luncheon. (Don't miss the pastry cart) Notice the tapestries showing the story of Achilles in the dining room. My favorite area of the house is the marble spiral staircase with the large Tiepolo fresco. This little jewel near the Arch de Triumph is well worth a visit.
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