Thursday, February 12, 2009

A quiet pearl: Le musée de la vie romantique

This atmosphere museum has kept the lure of the bygone-day Nouvelle Athènes quarter townhouses untouched. It once belonged to painter Ary Scheffer and his nephew by marriage Ernest Renan, and became a shrine to writer George Sand, one of the Romanticism’s leading lights. The museum contains a certain number of pieces of furniture and personal items (portraits, jewellery etc) that used to belong to George Sand, and that were later donated by her daughter Aurore Lauth-Sand. Upstairs you can study some of the works of Ary Scheffer as well works made by some contemporary artists.

Across the courtyard, you will find the atelier where Ary Scheffer worked – and met Chopin, Liszt, Lamartine, Tourgueniev, Delacroix and other celebrities – from 1830 to 1858.

In summertime, the premises of the museum invite you to a romantic moment; sit down in the quiet garden, enjoy the perfume of the roses, drink your afternoon-tea and allow yourself a delicious piece of cake.
Hôtel Scheffer-Renan, 16 rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
(métro Pigalle, line 2 and 12, and Blanche, line 2)

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