I just got back from the new exhibition “The Tudors” at the Luxembourg Museum. It was very well done, in fact if people are planning on going to London they’ll find the portraits from the National Gallery are pretty much all here.
As usual all the explanations are in French but the audio is available in English and is very well done.
It is the story of Henry VIII and includes his relationship with the French King François I but mainly it is about his wives and children.
Each of his children who ruled England are featured, obviously with a lot of emphasis on Elizabeth I.
They also show the movie and play side of the saga and how it inspired everyone from Shakespeare to Victor Hugo to Sarah Bernhardt (who apparently made her movie debut playing Elizabeth I).
They also have the outfit worn by Cate Blanchett when she played Elizabeth I. It’s actually a pretty good history lesson without too much drama. Funny to learn it in France, rather than England.
Judging by the people there already today it will be pretty popular with the French.
Here's what the Musée du Luxembourg has to say about the exhibition:
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: politically, by giving it a strategic position in Europe; spiritually, by breaking away from the Catholic Church; and culturally, by welcoming the Renaissance.
Artists from Italy, Flanders and Germanic countries entered the service of the court to meet the new need for Royal portraits. It was at the confines of all these influences, in a country undergoing great upheavals, that the original forms of the English Renaissance were developed. This exhibition is the first in France on the subject.
This exhibition is organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Curators : Charlotte Bolland, project curator for the Making Art in Tudor Britain project at the NPG, Tarnya Cooper, chief curator at the NPG and Cécile Maisonneuve, PhD in art history, art advisor to the Rmn-GP.