Tomorrow the exhibition project “A French gift to the Russian emperor. Architectural Albums of Chantilly and Gatchina “
November 24, 2016
During his trip to Europe under the name of the Count of the North, the future emperor Paul I visited the castle of Chantilly, the estate of the Prince of Condé. The sincere interest of the heir to the Russian throne in architecture and admiration for the complex inspired the owner and became the reason for an artistic “curtsey” to the guest. In 1784, Pavel Petrovich received an album decorated with the Russian coat of arms as a gift from Prince Condé, containing engravings of the palace, park, gardens and pavilions of Chantilly.
After accession to the throne, Paul I decided to transfer elements of the ensemble to his Gatchina estate Chantilly, focusing on memories and images from the album. The elements of the urban space of the city of Gatchina, the palace park, implemented under his influence, and the watering of its space are surprisingly similar to what is present in Chantilly.
Three albums of Gatchina were made on the model of Chantilly's album, reflecting the different stages of the creation of this residence – from projects to fixation drawings. Two of them are still kept in the State Museum-Reserve “Gatchina”, the third one ended up in Moscow and entered the collection of the Museum of Architecture named after A.V. Shchusev.
Before the revolution, the album of the Count of the North was the pearl of the Gatchina collection. In the 1920s. he was sold and, by a miraculous coincidence, ended up in his historical homeland. Since then, the album has been owned by the Condé Museum, located in Chantilly, and has not left its territory.
Thanks to the exhibition project, created jointly with AUIPIK in partnership with the Conde Museum and the Gatchina Museum-Reserve, the public will not only see the Chantilly album for the first time, but also get acquainted with the Gatchina albums of great historical and artistic value. The album from Chantilly and from the collection of the Museum of Architecture are presented in the original, and the other two, from the collection of the Gatchina Museum-Reserve, are interactive. The exposition is complemented by rare engravings and pieces of furniture from the 18th century. and graphic objects from the funds of the Museum of Architecture.
< p> Exhibition dates: November 25, 2016 – January 29, 2017.
Venue: Enfilade of the main building of the A.V. Shchusev, st. Vozdvizhenka, 5/25.