Exhibitions

From 14 june to 1st september 2019 : Jean Breton, the Renaissance in Villandry

Jean Breton, the Renaissance in Villandry
The royal secretaries under Francis I, builders of the Chateaux of the Loire

During the Renaissance, royal secretaries cemented their professional position and ensured their social ascension by building châteaux in new and audacious styles, at a time when the classical French architectural style was in its infancy. This exhibition tells the story of these new noblemen who built four of the most remarkable residences of the Val de Loire region: Florimond Robertet and his Château de Bury, Gilles Berthelot at Azay-le-Rideau, Thomas Bohier at Chenonceau and Jean Breton at Villandry.

Visitors can also discover a 3D model that traces the architectural transformation of Château de Villandry through the years, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Exhibition Curator: Alix de Vienne
Co-curator: Jérôme Salmon, PhD Student at the CESR

Exhibition in partnership with the CESR (Centre for Further Renaissance Studies) as part of the Heritage Intelligence Programme

Exhibition included in the château’s entrance fee

Photo credits Château de Villandry

Photo credits Château de Villandry

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