Valentine's Day; a short tour of the most romantic museums
Publish on Saturday, 5 January 2019 in Visit Paris
Paris is one of the most romantic and culturally-aware cities in the world. Valentine's Day is an opportunity to feed both your mind and your heart while enjoying a trip to the most romantic museums in the capital.
The Museum of Romantic Life; a place out of time
The Musée de la Vie Romantique is housed in the former home of the painter Ary Scheffer, in Pigalle, in the district of New Athens, where many artists and intellectuals found a haven during the period of the Romanticism movement of the early 19th century. On the ground floor, the spirit of the writer George Sand is made palpable through a collection of objects giving an intimate insight into her world and, particularly, her passionate relationship with her fellow writer, Alfred de Musset. The first floor of this mansion offers the ideal setting for temporary exhibitions, as well as paintings by Ary Scheffer, and pays homage to the intellectuals of this romantic period. Enjoy a stroll and tea in the museum's garden, surrounded by roses and lilacs.
The Rodin Museum; looking back on a tragic and passionate love story
The stormy love story of the famous sculptor Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, his mistress, student and muse, continues to fascinate. Although he shared Rose Beuret's life for more than 50 years before marrying her, the love between the Master and Camille remained passionate. The Musée Rodin, housed in a superb mansion dating from the 18th century, recounts the memories of this story, which came to a painful and tragic end against a background of profound artistic rivalry. All around the museum awaits a green, peaceful and romantic setting where you can find some of the major creations of the artist such as The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell.
The Orsay Museum; passionately impressionist
This majestic museum, inaugurated for the 1900 World’s Fair, is housed in a palatial former railway station. It boasts one of the richest collections of impressionist art in the world and covers all western artistic creation from 1848 until the outbreak of the First World War. Within its immense light-bathed nave, the Musée d'Orsay takes you on a fabulous journey retracing the epic of Romanticism, a phenomenon that arrived in France at the beginning of the 19th century, covering all artistic disciplines. In addition to acknowledged masterpieces of painting and sculpture, including works by Gauguin, Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne and Monet, the institution also has a superb collection of neo-classical, realistic or symbolist sculptures. Some 4000 works are permanently displayed to the public in a 57,000 m2 space.
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