La Maison Chaumet is one of the most historic jewelry houses in the world. Being the official jeweler of Queen Marie Antoinette and then of Empress Josephine allowed Marie-Etienne Nitot (with will later become the Maison Chaumet) to create outstanding pieces of jewelry, including crowns, brooches and bracelets for more than 240 years. Chaumet has been the most sought after jeweler for hundreds of years and now some of Chaumet’s most beautiful creations are on display at the exhibit "Végétal" at the school of Beaux-Arts Paris, along with rare drawings from scientists, designs from Yves Saint Laurent and Dior, paintings from the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, and much more.
A walk through nature
With no chronological order in the exhibit, visitors can truly be suspended in time, and appreciate all aspects of nature and its depiction in art. This extraordinary immersive journey takes you through a world of botany drawing on some of the most historical pieces from Chaumet and many other art forms.
Inspired by nature, the exhibit includes over 400 works. There are nearly 100 pieces from Chaumet, paired with works from Monet, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent. Over 70 museums, foundations, galleries and private collectors have lent works, including Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre and the Institut de France. All of these pieces work together to allow visitors to truly see the inspiration from nature told through art.
A rare meeting between the arts and sciences
The exhibit takes a botanist point of view, drawing on some of the most historical pieces from Chaumet and other artists. The exhibit also has rarely exhibited scientific pieces and drawings from scientists like Joseph de Jussieu. The pairing of art and science allows visitors to find greater meaning in art and science, being told through paintings, textiles, photography, furniture and jewelry.
The exhibit will run until September 4, 2022 at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, 13, quai Malaquais in the 6th arrondissement. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reservations are required and can be booked online.
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