“Besides good food and women, Philippe d’Orléans had a certain taste for the arts”


Philippe, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (1674-1723), represented in his study with his son, the Duke of Chartres, around 1715 (anonymous). National Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Photo: Christophe Fouin/SP/ Musée Carnavalet

INTERVIEW – The art historian José de Los Llanos paints the portrait of an enlightened regent.

In charge of the graphic arts office of the Carnavalet Museum, scientific curator of the exhibition with his colleague Ulysse Jardat, head of the department of decorations, furniture and decorative arts, the art historian José de Los Llanos paints the portrait of a enlightened regent.

LE FIGARO. – Besides his well-known taste for libertinage, what were the Regent’s pions?

José de LOS LLANOS. – Unlike his uncle the Sun King and Louis XV, he hated hunting and dancing. But he loved the Palais-Royal, the neighboring Opera and painting. He was himself a composer, also a painter trained with Antoine Coypel and a great collector. In particular, we show in the exhibition the hangings of the Château de Bagnolet. The one telling the love story of Daphnis and Chloé made from his drawings (Gandur collection). A still wise eroticism unfolds there.

In addition to good food and women, let us also note his taste for science and technology, from geography to typography, biology…

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