The maison Chaptal in Paris was the home of the painter Ary Scheffer and an important focus of inspiration for the Romantic Movement at the beginning of the 19th Century. In 1987 it was transformed into the Musée de la Vie Romantique (The Museum of Romantic Life) and is an exceptional place. Discover the new programme of its guided tours.
Romantic Saturdays at the Musée de la Vie Romantique in Paris
From September, the Musée de la Vie Romantique will be organising a guided tour every Saturday each covering different themes around Romanticism :
The dialogue between the different arts; the nods to Tout-Paris (as the Paris glitterati were called) that can be found in Ary Scheffer’s drawing room; talks on the famous people in the art world depicted in the Romantic lockets created by David d’Angers; an introduction to George Sand, the writer, but also the wife, the mother and the friend who was the incarnation of modernity between 1830 and 1860.
Guided tours of the permanent collections, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Paris
On the ground floor of the museum, devoted to George Sand, you can explore the portraits of the novelist along with furniture and jewellery from the 18th and 19th centuries.
On the first floor, 19 major works of the painter and his fellow artists are on show. Each of the four generations of the family, including the philosopher, Ernest Renan, husband to Cornélie Scheffer, the painter’s niece, have added touches to the studio cum drawing room, adding charm to the home.
History of the Maison Chaptal, home to the painter Ary Scheffer
At the end of a discreet lane, lined with hundred year old trees, stands a charming Italian house.
It was the home of the painter and sculptor Ary Scheffer from 1830 until his death in 1858. The Dutch-born painter added two studios where he worked, received his guests and lived.
The Dutch-born painter added two studios where he worked, received his guests and lived. Delacroix, George Sand and Chopin all lived close by, and Liszt, Rossini, Turgenev and Dickens visited Ary Scheffer. Maison Chaptal was a focus of inspiration for the Romantic Movement during the first part of the 19th century.
Cornelia Scheffer-Marjolin, only daughter of Ary Scheffer was determined to conserve the setting where her father worked and make his work better known.
Over the last hundred and fifty years, the house belonged to a family completely devoted to art and literature.
In 1953, the house was sold to the French State for a symbolic sum. In 1983, the City of Paris opened the Renan-Scheffer Museum.
Then in 1987, after a major renovation conducted by Jacques Garcia, it became the Musée de la Vie Romantique.
Musée de la Vie romantique, Hôtel Scheffer-Renan :
- 16 rue Chaptal – Paris 9ème
- Tél. : 01 55 31 95 67
- Detailed information (in French): Musée de la Vie Romantique
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