And the Age of Pleasures
A playwright, draughtsman, and landscape architect, Louis Carrogis, known as Carmontelle (Paris, 1717-1806), was a brilliant connoisseur whose many talents reflect the cultivated and cosmopolitan world in which he lived. The organizer of festivities for the Duke of Orléans, famous for his portraits and improvised comedies called Proverbes, he designed the Parc Monceau in Paris for the Duke of Chartres and perfected transparencies or long rolls of paper depicting delightful landscapes.
From Mozart to Buffon, from Rameau to Baron Grimm, he created a faithful portrait of mid-18th century Parisian society: princes of the blood, writers, philosophers, musicians, scientists, elegant beauties of the “age of pleasures”, words coined by Talleyrand to describe the Ancien Régime.
Thanks to Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale (1822-1897), descendant of the Orléans who acquired the majority of this ensemble, the Condé museum at Chantilly has the best collection in the world of Carmontelle’s works with 484 drawn portraits and one transparency.
Discover the exhibition thanks to Scribe accroupi:
Location: Château / Gallery of Prints and Drawings
Exhibition included in the 1 Day ticket without supplement
Exhibition Catalog “Carmontelle or the Age of Pleasures” in the collection Carnets de Chantilly catalogue by Nicole Garnier-Pelle. Published in September 2020 by Editions Faton.
Nicole Garnier, heritage curator of the Condé museum
The exhibition and catalogue are made possble throught the support of