The Tudors at the Musée du Luxembourg
Of all the dynasties that have succeeded one another on the English throne, the Tudors, who reigned between 1485 and 1603, are certainly one of the most popular.
Apart from the legend largely inspired by their private lives, the sovereigns left a deep imprint on the history of the kingdom, especially in the culture, by welcoming the Renaissance. This exhibition, which takes place in the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris, is the first in France on the subject.
The exhibition brings together the most emblematic portraits of five Tudors sovereigns : Henry VII (the founder of the dynasty), Henry VIII, Edward VI (the child king), Mary I, and Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen).
In a striking confrontation with these flamboyant characters, visitors discover the English Renaissance, the practices and specifities of British art, at the same time as the great events which marked the history of this dynasty.
As well as the portraits which reveal the true face of the Tudors, their spouses or their suitors and the sumptuous style of the court, the exhibition shows personal objects as witnesses of their life and times.
The exhibition is an opportunity to explore the relationships between France and England throughout the 16th century. Often tense, wavering between open conflict and a search for alliances, these relationships gave rise to exchanges of artworks in which portraits, especially miniatures, played an essential role.
Some works recall a few key episodes in the history of the diplomatic relationships between the two countries.
The exhibition is also an opportunity to explore the myth which has grown up around the dynasty, feeding on the excesses attributed to them and the contrast between Henry VIII's many marriages and Elizabeth's celibacy.
It benefits from an exceptional loan of some twenty flagships works from the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Musée du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard
Admission fees and rates
Full price : 12€
Reduced : 7.5€ (people between 16 and 25 years, job seeker, large family)
Free : Young people under the age of 16
Youth rate : 7.5€ for two entries ( from Monday to Friday, from 5 o'clock)