This project is the sixth to be organised as part of the partnership between the French Centre of National Monuments (CMN) and the Palace of Versailles.

The exhibition

This exhibition aims to compare and contrast the collections of Bussy-Rabutin and those of Versailles on the subject of portraits, and more particularly portraits commissioned by Louis XIV to the Beaubrun cousins. These were to be placed in the various royal residences, notably Versailles. This "gallery of the beauties" of Louis XIV, where princesses of the royal family rub shoulders with great ladies of the Court, will naturally harmonise with other beauties adorning the walls of the château of the Count of Bussy-Rabutin.

The double portrait of Henri and Charles Beaubrun, at the heart of the exhibition, offers an insight into the two cousins’ studio and portrays their working methods. The last two paintings, rarely shown to the public, form the final section of the exhibition dedicated to more unusual ways of depicting the king, queen and queen mother.

The event will bring together 16 works from the collections of the Palace of Versailles.

Anna Maria Martinozzi, princesse de Conti

1601-1700 — Anonyme

Anna Maria Martinozzi, princesse de Conti
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Catherine de Neuville de Villeroy, comtesse d’Armagnac

1651-1700 — Anonyme

Catherine de Neuville de Villeroy, comtesse d’Armagnac
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Elisabeth d’Orléans, duchesse de Guise

1601-1700 — Anonyme

Elisabeth d’Orléans, duchesse de Guise
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Françoise-Adélaïde de Rochechouart, marquise de Montespan

1601-1700 — Anonyme

Françoise-Adélaïde de Rochechouart, marquise de Montespan
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Anne de Rohan-Chabot, princesse de Soubise

1601-1700 — Anonyme

Anne de Rohan-Chabot, princesse de Soubise
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Henriette-Anne d’Angleterre, duchesse d’Orléans

1601-1700 — Anonyme

Henriette-Anne d’Angleterre, duchesse d’Orléans
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Practical information

Open every day from 9:15pm to 1pm and from 2pm to 6pm until 14th September.

From 15th September, open every day from 9:15pm to 12pm and from 2pm to 5pm.

Subscribers at the Palace of Versailles can benefit from a "Groups / tourism professionals" rate for visiting the exhibition, at €6 instead of €8. This price will be applied on presentation of the subscription card.

Curators

Raphaël Masson, Head Curator at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.
Béatrice Sarrazin, Head Curator at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

The Château of Bussy-Rabutin