Here is another opportunity for us to explore yet another hidden cultural treasure in the city of lights; The Musée de la Vie romantique (The Museum of Romantic Life, or Museum of the Romantics).
This property that stands at the foot of Montmartre hill in the IXe arrondissement, 16 rue Chaptal, Paris, in a 1830 hôtel particulier facing two twin-studios, a greenhouse, a small garden, and a paved courtyard remained, by descent, in private hands till 1982 when it became a museum, under the name of "Musée Renan-Scheffer". It is now one of the City of Paris' three literary museums, along with the Maison de Balzac and the Maison de Victor Hugo. After an extensive renovation conducted by Jacques Garcia under the direction of Anne-Marie de Brem, it reopened in 1987 as "Musée de la Vie romantique".
The Museum displays on the first floor numerous mementos of most notorious romantic character and writer George Sand, including family portraits, household possessions, pieces of jewelry and memorabilia among which plaster casts of the writer's sensuous right arm and Chopin's delicate left hand, plus a number of her own unique and rare watercolours called "dendrites".
On the second floor, one can admire a number of Romantic canvases, sculptures and objets d'art . Paintings by Ary Scheffer include portraits of Pauline Viardot, Queen Marie-Amélie, Princesse de Joinville, Princesse Marie d'Orléans, as well as oils of The Giaour (after Lord Byron), Faust and Marguerite, Effie and Jeanie Deans after The Heart of Midlothian by Walter Scott. Works by his contemporaries include François Bouchot (Maria Malibran), François Debon, Charles Durupt, Louis Hersent, Redouté, Camille Roqueplan. Sculptures are by Barre, Théophile Bra, Auguste Clésinger, Dantan, David d'Angers, Jean-Jacques Feuchère, François-Désiré Froment-Meurice, James Pradier... The Museum also displays several portraits and material linked to the famous scholar and writer Ernest Renan who had married Ary Scheffer's niece.
Right after the permanent collection visit, we’ll go for a drink at the famous museum’s salon de thé (We’ll get another café nearby in the case the salon de thé is full).
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So, come and meet other internationally-wandering people and enjoy the quality time this city can offer.
See you there.