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Clouet, portraits of royal children

Let’s celebrate the reunion of brothers and sisters, little princes and young princesses of the French Renaissance!

The discovery of two exceptional painted portraits of two of François I’s children, never previously shown to the public, belonging to the same series as one of the paintings in Chantilly and based on drawings by Jean Clouet kept in the Condé Museum, forms the beginning of a fascinating story about the making of portraits of royal children in the courts of François I, Henri II and Catherine de’ Medici.

Portraits drawn or painted by Jean and François Clouet, but also by Germain Le Mannier and Jean Decourt, retrace the development of this genre with its very particular codes, as well as the history of young princes and princesses who quickly left childhood innocence behind them to become the famous Henri II, Mary Stuart, François II, Henri III and Queen Margot.

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Venue: Château/Graphic arts room


Exhibition included in the 1-day ticket without any extra charge


Mathieu Deldicque, heritage curator at the Condé Museum.
With the collaboration of Alexandra Zvereva, director of the municipal museum of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and Pauline Chougnet, curator at the prints and photography department, Bibliothèque nationale de France
Exhibition organised with exceptional collaboration from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.


With the support of:

   La Collection George Ortiz


Prese contacts:

Agnès Renoult Communication
01 87 44 25 25
National press:
Saba Agri
International press:
Marc Fernandes