Thursday, March 4 at 12:00 p.m.
$8 Members / $15 Non-members
Online via Zoom • in English
12:00 p.m. (Chicago) • 1:00 p.m. (Miami) • 7:00 p.m. (Paris)
Our series inviting you to visit ten Grands Châteaux live from France continues! Today Russell Kelley looks at the Château de Chantilly, the product of 500 years of construction and reconstruction, in the company of its heritage curator Dr. Mathieu Deldicque.
Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567), companion-in-arms of Francis I, inherited the Château de Chantilly, which dated back to the 14th century. He was the first of the “grands hommes” who created the Château de Chantilly, transforming the Grand Château (demolished during the Revolution) and the Petit Château (now the oldest part of the château) in the French Renaissance style, at the same time that he was building the Château d’Écouen 15 miles to the south. Louis II de Bourbon-Condé, Prince de Condé (1621-1686), known as “Le Grand Condé” because of his military exploits during the reign of Louis XIV, commissioned Le Nôtre to design the park. During the 18th century, later Princes de Condé added the Grandes Écuries (Great Stables) in the Rococo style, the Château d’Enghien and the Hameau (Hamlet). Finally, after inheriting Chantilly in 1830, Henri d’Orléans, Duc d’Aumale, the fifth son of Louis-Philippe, the last king of France, rebuilt the Grand Château in the Renaissance style between 1875 and 1885. The Duc d’Aumale’s superb collection of paintings, drawings, books and furniture is now on display in the Musée Condé, which has the most important collection of Old Masters in France after the Louvre.
Dr. Mathieu Deldicque, who has a PhD in the History of Art, has been Heritage Curator at the Musée Condé in Chantilly since 2015.
A board member of the Alliance Française Miami Metro, Russell Kelley is the curator and moderator of the lecture series on the Grands Châteaux of the Loire and Ile-de-France. He is author of The Making of Paris: The Story of How Paris Evolved from a Fishing Village into the World’s Most Beautiful City, to be published by Globe Pequot Press in March 2021. He has lived in France for nearly 30 years and has visited every château featured in this series many times since his first visit to the Loire Valley 50 years ago.
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This program is presented in partnership with the Alliance Française Miami Metro with communication support from the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, the French Heritage Society, and WICE - Paris.
Through our Entrée Libre initiative, free admission to this program is offered to students enrolled in French Studies in universities and French schools in Chicago and the Midwest. This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.