Research

The representation of history in the collections of the Museum of the Palace of Versailles

Duration: 2017-...

The line of research on the representation of history in the collections of the Museum of the Palace of Versailles is linked to the prospect of redeployment historical galleries of Versailles. This study must precede the architectural and museographic refurbishment of the North Wing and Midi Wing. The handover of the spaces occupied by Parliament within the palace (25,000 m2) will extend the magnitude of this project.

Planned in 1833 and inaugurated in 1837, the History Galleries at Versailles began to be dismantled in 1892, when Pierre de Nolhac was appointed curator of the Museum of the Palace of Versailles.
The collections in the History Galleries currently comprise approximately 7,000 paintings (5,000 portraits, about 2,000 historical scenes) and 1,500 sculptures (mainly portraits).

The study of the representation of history in the Versailles collections will take several approaches:

  • The establishment of the historic galleries under Louis-Philippe: genesis and museography;
  • Political and administrative history of the institution, from the July Monarchy to the Third Republic;
  • Studies of works and artists: iconographic, aesthetic, social and cultural approach;
  • Reception of the History Galleries, in France and abroad;
  • The museum of Versailles, actor in and witness to French historiography.

The research programme, involving young researchers, experienced researchers and curators, to establish a report on current knowledge and undertake new studies on specific themes. Research results shall be disseminated on an annual basis: study days, conferences, scientific publications. In the long term, the results could contribute to the works of the museum conservation team in developing a museographic programme.

Research can be undertaken as part of a Masters II, as a thesis for the École des chartes or as a doctoral thesis. Students will be able to meet the Versailles conservators and have access to the artworks and documentary resources.
The Centre de recherche du château de Versailles will award one or several study grants, worth up to 7,500 euros, and will remunerate some sessions.

Team:

Scientific director: Chantal Grell, Professor of Modern History, université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

Research program coordinator: Bastien Coulon, Researcher, Centre de recherche du château de Versailles.

Team:

  • Lionel Arsac, Curator at the Department of Sculptures, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon;
  • Laurent Avezou, Professor of History, Lycée Pierre-de-Fermat in Toulouse (preparatory class for the École des chartes);
  • Arnaud Bertinet, Lecturer in Heritage history and visual archives, université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne;
  • Philippe Boutry, President, université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne;
  • Matilde-Maria Cassandro-Malphettes, Art Historian, General Secretary, Centre de recherche du château de Versailles;
  • Laurent Cazes, Research program coordinator, Centre de recherche du château de Versailles (09-2018/12-2019);
  • Mathieu da Vinha, Scientific Director, Centre de recherche du château de Versailles;
  • Mathieu Deldicque, Curator, musée Condé, domaine de Chantilly;
  • Gwenola Firmin, Chief Heritage curator at the Paint department, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon;
  • Grégoire Franconie, Doctor of History, Associate Researcher at the Centre d’histoire du XIXe siècle, université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne;
  • Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Director emeritus, Getty Research Institute;
  • Barthélemy Jobert, Professor of Art History, Sorbonne Université;
  • Frédéric Lacaille, Chief Heritage curator at the Paint department, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon;
  • Jean-Marie Le Gall, Professor of Modern History, université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne;
  • Jean-Michel Leniaud, Director of studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études;
  • Alexandre Maral, Director, Centre de recherche du château de Versailles; General curator for Heritage at the Sculpture department, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon;
  • Olivier Matteoni, Professor of Medieval History, université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ;
  • Laurent Salomé, Director, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon;
  • Gérard Sabatier, Professor Emeritus of Universities;
  • Béatrice Sarrazin, General curator for Heritage at the Paint department, musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Productions

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