Château de Chantilly – Under the Dome

Before we head inside for a dressage demonstration, I thought I’d share a photo of one of the horses practicing its fancy trot outside. I say trot but, let’s be serious. It could have been a simple walk, or a canter or a trot. I don’t know the difference, but my limited horse related knowledge…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – Under the Dome

Château de Chantilly – Equine Art

What’s an horse museum without horse related art? Yesterday we visited the Grand Stables. Today we’re headed further into the museum to check out a few of the horse related art pieces I came across.These lifelike horses were sculpted by carousel artists Gustav Dentzel and Daniel C. Muller at the beginning of the 20th century,…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – Equine Art

Château de Chantilly – Musée de Cheval

Calling all horse lovers! If the story is to be believed, Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon (technically also Prince of Condé, although he preferred his Bourbon title), was sure he’d be reincarnated as an horse after he died. No judgement from me, but I can’t understand why anyone would want to be anything other than…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – Musée de Cheval

Château de Chantilly – Paint it Gold

As I write this post, Vancouver is in the midst of yet another rainy evening. There’s been so much rain over the past month that venturing out involves head to toe rain suits, hip waders and life preservers. I’m only slightly exaggerating. So this post, full of bright and shiny gold, warms my soul and…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – Paint it Gold

Thursday Doors – Chantilly

I know, I know. My contribution to Thursday Doors last week was also from Château de Chantilly. But this week’s door is different, and you’ll soon see why I wanted to share it. While last week’s door was over the top shiny and gold, understandably not to everyone’s taste, this week’s is more natural. I…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Chantilly

Château de Chantilly – The Chapel

Much of Château de Chantilly was demolished after The Revolution, and when it was later rebuilt in the late 1800s it was architect Honoré Daumet who was tasked with creating a chapel that would not only serve as a place of worship – but also as a new home for the Condé Hearts. As was…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – The Chapel

Château de Chantilly – The Reading Room

We already know that The Duke of Aumale was a fan and collector of fine art. But I was surprised to learn that he was also an enthusiastic bibliophile. In fact, during his life he collected a staggering 60,000 volumes. Of those, almost 19,000 are on public display.The Reading Room at Château de Chantilly is…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – The Reading Room

Château de Chantilly – The Psyche Gallery

This gallery consists of 44 stained glass windows painted in the grisaille style (basically grey scale, with an effort to look like sculpture). Originally housed at Château d’Écouen (currently the National Museum of the Renaissance) and commissioned by Constable Anne de Montmorency, the images are said to represent “The Golden Ass: Being the Metamorphoses of…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – The Psyche Gallery

Château de Chantilly – The Gallery of Painting and The Rotunda

The Gallery of Painting is the main event of the Condé Gallery at Château de Chantilly. It’s the largest room of the chateau and features 85 pieces of the collection that once belonged to the Duke of Aumale.As is usually the case when I’m out and about, I generally avoid including people in my photos.…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – The Gallery of Painting and The Rotunda

King Henry IV Wax Mask

Wax masks (often referred to as death masks) were once the preferred way to memorialize a person’s likeness, and could be used to create statues or busts or other pieces of artwork long after the person had passed away.Newer technology means that documenting physical features can now easily be done with forensic photography.At Chateau de…… Continue reading King Henry IV Wax Mask

Thursday Doors – Chantilly

Since we’re knee deep in posts about the Château de Chantilly, I thought it was only appropriate to share a door I came across during my visit. Or, more accurately, the intricate gold detailing. I wonder what James will say when I insist that our apartment be remodelled to include surfaces of gold so shiny…… Continue reading Thursday Doors – Chantilly

Château de Chantilly – The Stag Gallery

Imagine, if you will, that you’re an esteemed artistic or intellectual member of society back at the end of the 19th Century. You’ve received an invite from the Duke of Aumale to visit him at his impressive country home on the outskirts of Chantilly this coming Sunday. After a bumpy ride by horse, you are…… Continue reading Château de Chantilly – The Stag Gallery