Musée Jacquemart-André

The Musée Jacquemart-André is an elegant museum located in Paris’ chic 8th arrondissement. It is privately operated and was the former home of Édouard André, a French banker and politician, and Nélie Jacquemart. The museum was opened to share the couple’s art collection with the world. André collected paintings, furniture and artistic objects until his death in 1894. The mansion which houses his collection was built in 1869 by the architect Henri Parent, and completed in 1875. Some rooms were featured in the 1958 film, Gigi.

The museum was currently showing an enormous collection of Italian masters art from the Middle Ages. I was shocked at the bright colors of these paintings, and got a chance to tour the special exhibition “La Collection Alana” during my visit. The collection of Italian renaissance paintings belongs to Alvaro Saieh et Ana Guzmán, a Chilean couple. Apparently the collection is rarely loaned and spans from the 13th to the 17th century.

Musée Jacquemart-André

Let’s take a quick tour of my favorite parts of this Parisian museum.

The Staircase

The staircase is the most grandiose element of this museum. A large fresco painted in 1745 by Giambattista Tiepolo is installed on the adjacent wall, purchased in Italy by the Jacquemart-Andrés in 1893. The fresco shows Henri III returning from Poland to take over the throne of France from this brother Charles IX. He traveled through Venice where he was met by the Doge Contarini.

Musée Jacquemart André staircase, Paris

HENRI III BEING WELCOMED TO THE CONTARINI VILLA, Giambattista Tiepolo, 1745, Musee Jacquemart Andre

Musée Jacquemart André staircase, Paris

The Permanent Collection

The Jacquemart-André museum offers its own colleciton of permanent works on display from the couple’s art collection. You get the chance to admire these pieces in the context of the Jacquemart-André home.

Marble reception room at the Jacquemart-André Museum

An open ceiling room at the Jacquemart-André, Paris

Here we see La vierge et l’Enfant entre deux saints by Atelier d’Andrea Mantegna, 15th century:

Atelier d'Andrea Mantegna, La vierge et l'Enfant entre deux saints, 15th century – Jacquemart-André, Paris

La Chambre de Madame

La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris
La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris
La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

La Chambre de Madame, Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris

An adjacent blue wallpaper living room:

Musee Jacquemart Andre, Paris

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Musee Jacquemart Andre_IMG_6485

Musee Jacquemart André

La Chambre de Monsieur

La chambre de Monsieur, Musée Jacquemart André

La chambre de Monsieur, Musée Jacquemart André

La chambre de Monsieur, Musée Jacquemart André

La chambre de Monsieur, Musée Jacquemart André

Le Salon des Tapisseries

This living room featured many tapistries installed on the walls. The largest was installed on the three walls and was called Tenture des jeux russiens. It was completed by the Manufacture royale de Beauvais in the 18th century.

Le Salon des Tapisseries, Jacquemart André

Le Salon des Tapisseries, Jacquemart André

Le Salon des Tapisseries, Jacquemart André

Temporary Exhibition: La Collection Alana

The temporary exhibition was quite busy, but I managed to snap a few photos of my favorite pieces in the show.

Here is Déposition de croix painted by Francesco Ubertini dit Bachiacca, around 1520:

Déposition de croix, Francesco Ubertini dit Bachiacca, around 1520, Collection Alana seen at the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris

Here is L’Annonciation by Lorenzo Monaco, painted around 1420-1424:

L'Annonciation, Lorenzo Monaco, around 1420-1424. La Collection Alana as seen at the Jacquemart-Andre exhibition in Paris

I hope you will take the time to visit this splendid Parisian museum if you have the chance!

Musee Jacquemart Andre marble tile outside

Musée Jacquemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris

Open everyday from 10–18:30, until 20:30 on Mondays

January 07, 2020

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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