Just a short walk away from the Champs-Elysèes, the Jacquemart-Andrè is a delightful journey through the finest of 18th century Italian art. With works by Uccello, Canaletto, Rembrandt, van Dyck, Bernini, Donatello, Botticelli and Mantegna, the collection is as jaw-dropping as any.
It was nothing but a passion for art and great generosity what inspired collectors Edouard Andrè and Nèlie Jacquemart to open their own private museum and show the world the astounding works of art they had acquired throughout their lives.
Comprised mainly of Italian paintings, the museum has been perfectly preserved as it existed in the late 1800’s, when the couple inaugurated it. And what better place to use than their scrumptious French mansion built by renowned architect Henri Parent? Even after they donated it all to the Institute of France, which opened it to the public in 1913, this typical French luxurious mansion maintains all its marble, gold and busts intact.
Something to definitely see when visiting this museum is the café. Deemed by many as the most beautiful in all of Paris, it would be a crime to experience the Jacquemart-Andrè without at least sitting down for an espresso amid the frescoes and thick velvet curtains.
However, don’t think that Italian art is all there is to see at the Musèe Jacquemart-Andrè. The mansion itself is worth the visit, as the museum’s five main attractions suggest:
The State Apartments: offering a sneak-peak into Andrè and Jacquemart’s own personal life, the state rooms were where they housed their most formal receptions. Here you’ll find 18th century French paintings and exquisite decorative art.
The Informal Apartments: mostly used for business meetings and receptions, these smaller, more informal rooms continue to dazzle with Jacquemart and Andrè’s impeccable taste, perfectly combining 18th century classic decorative art with modern 19th century styles.
The Winter Garden: breathtaking and remarkable, make sure you don’t miss the mansion’s unique winter garden, that testifies its architect’s incredible artistic skill.
The Italian Museum: here is where the main collection lies, separated into three different salons. Two painting rooms (Florentine and Venetian Galleries) and one sculpture room (The Sculpture Gallery) showcase Jacquemart and Andrè’s great collection.
The Private Apartments: take a walk back in time and feel part of the riches and culture that ruled Jacquemart and Andrè’s private family life.
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