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History of Paris Early Autumn 2012

 

Our new course on the History of Kings Queens and Consorts of France begins with
Kings, Queens and Royal Mistresses of Renaissance Paris: 1515-1589
Fridays 14 Sep - 12 Oct 10:30 am – 12 noon

Paris Special exhibitions with Chris Boïcos and Dimitri Papalexis:
Thursday 13 Sep. 10:30 am – 12 noon. Gerhard Richter – Panorama
Thursday 20 Sep. 4 – 5:30 pm. Canaletto – Guardi, the two masters of Venice.
Thursday 27 Sep. 4:30 – 6 pm.  The Modern Art Circle – Avant gardes in Le Havre.
Tuesday 2 Oct. –
11:30 am – 1:00pm.   Van Cleef and Arpels – The Art of High Jewelry.
Thursday 11 Oct. –
10:15 – 11:45 am. Impressionism and Fashion
Thursday 18 Oct. 10:30 am – 12 noon.  Edward Hopper
Thursday 25 Oct. –
10:15 – 11:45 am.  Impressionism and Fashion 

 

 

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Fridays: Kings, Queens and Royal Mistresses of Renaissance Paris: 1515-1589

with Chris Boïcos and Dimitri Papalexis for costume history.


The civilization of the Italian Renaissance was first introduced to the French royal court by the great Valois king François I (1494-1547). His two most famous architectural creations were the Louvre palace in Paris and the royal hunting château of Fontainebleau that gave its name to the new art and architecture of the era.  He married twice: Claude de France (who gave her name to the French green plum) and Eleanor of Austria. His most famous mistresses were Françoise de Foix and Anne de Pisseleu duchess of Etampes for whom he built a splendid bedroom in Fontainebleau. His son and the second great Renaissance King of France, was Henri II (1547-1559) who married Catherine de Medici (1519-1589) from Florence. His mistress was the highly cultivated Diane de Poitiers who used the classical goddess Diana as her personal symbol. After Henri’s sudden death in a jousting tournament, Catherine oversaw the successive and unlucky reigns of her three sons François II, Charles IX and Henri III. The 15-year old François II was married to Mary Stuart the future queen of Scotland. He reigned for a mere 5 months dying of a mastoiditis. His brother Charles IX married Elisabeth of Austria and took as his mistress the beautiful commoner Marie Touchet. He presided over the infamous St Bartholomew night massacre of Protestants in Paris in 1572 dying shortly after in a state of madness and delirium. Henri III, his brother, who had in the meanwhile been given the kingdom of Poland rushed back to France to assume the crown. He was married to Louise of Lorraine and was falsely rumored to be a homosexual. He was killed by a fanatic monk in 1589. None of Catherine’s sons had legitimate male children so the crown passed on to their cousin the Protestant duke of Bourbon Henri IV ushering in a new era of French history (see next course below). We will study the lives and doings of all the main characters of this rich and turbulent period, using the fashion, art, decoration and architecture of the French Renaissance as our main background.

 

Course Schedule. Coffee and tea are served at gallery sessions between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

Friday 14 Sep. 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide Lecture – François I, Henri II, Diane de Poitiers and the dawning of the Renaissance in France.
Friday 21 Sep. 11 am – 1 pm – Visit – Château de Fontainebleau. A specific train time and meeting point at the Gare de Lyon around 10 am will be announced closer to the time.

Friday 28 Sep. 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide Lecture – Catherine de Medici, her sons and the Wars of Religion.
Friday 5 Oct. 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide Lecture – Costume and fashions of Renaissance France. With couturier and costume historian Dimitri Papalexis.
Friday 12 Oct. 10:30 am – 12 noon – Visit, Musée du Louvre – Painting and Sculpture of the French Renaissance.
Meet by information desk under Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am.

 

Students will receive from the instructor a printed historical chronology and architectural vocabulary.
Course fee: 100 € for the 5 sessions or 25 € per session payable by check made out to: Galerie B.O.B.

Please note: Museum admissions are additional to course fees. Exact change is appreciated.

Purchasing the  carte des amis du Louvre” is recommended for the Friday courses.

 

Next Friday course:

Kings, Queens and Royal Mistresses - the Bourbons - Henri IV and Marie de Medici: 1589-1630

with Chris Boïcos and Dimitri Papalexis for costume history.

 

Friday 19 Oct. 10:30 – 12 noon – Slide Lecture – The reign of Henri IV and the regency of Marie de Medici.
Friday 26 Oct. 11:15 am - 12:45 pm – Visit  – Musée Carnavalet, place des Vosges and Marais mansions.

Meet courtyard of musée Carnavalet at 11:00 am.

Friday 9 Nov. 10:30 am – 12 noon – Visit, Musée du Louvre – Rubens and Marie de Medici.
Meet by information desk under Pyramid with ticket in hand at 10:15 am.

Friday 16 Nov. 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide Lecture – Fashions of the early Baroque era. With Dimitri Papalexis.

 

Course fee: 84 € for the 4 sessions or 25 € per session payable by check made out to: Galerie B.O.B.

Museum fees are additional to course fees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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