The Palace of Versailles and the French Centre for National Monuments are continuing their partnership in 2017 with a new exhibition of works dedicated to the Bourbon-Penthièvre family, called "The Princes of Rambouillet. Family portraits". The exhibition will be held in the Château of Rambouillet, which will be reopening in September 2017 after more than a year of works.

The presentation

Ten or so portraits from the collections of the Palace of Versailles will cast a spotlight on the Bourbon-Toulouse-Penthièvre family, who owned Rambouillet for almost all of the 18th century. The château was embellished and the estate largely extended over two generations, first by the Count of Toulouse, the legitimated son of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan who bought the marquisate of Rambouillet from Fleuriau d’Armenonville in 1706, and then by his son, the Duke of Penthièvre, who was obliged to part with the estate in 1783 upon command by Louis XVI.

The exhibition will feature famous works such as the portrait of the Count of Toulouse as a Sleeping Putto by Mignard, or the famous "Cup of Hot Chocolate" by Charpentier, alongside lesser-known but just as evocative portraits like that of the Princess of Lamballe by Ducreux or the Duke of Valois in the Cradle by Lépicié, the latter being displayed for the first time since its recent purchase by the Palace of Versailles.

Some works exhibited

Portrait du comte de Toulouse en Amour endormi par Mignard

Louis-Alexandre de Bourbon, comte de Toulouse

Louis-Philippe, duc de Valois au berceau, par Lépicié

Louis-Philippe, duc de Valois, au berceau

« Tasse de chocolat » de Charpentier

La Famille du duc de Penthièvre



The partnership between the French Centre of National Monuments (CMN) and the Palace of Versailles, established in 2013, institutes dialogue between collections and important national heritage locations that are too often little-known of.

These temporary exhibitions allow the two institutions to pool their ressources to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to discover or rediscover a few pages of French history in the prestigious setting of national monuments.