A major artistic figure of the 17th century, Noël Coypel is little known among the public today. His work will be showcased in a new exhibition in the Grand Trianon from 26 September 2023.
Despite his many works, Noël Coypel's name is eclipsed by that of his sons, Antoine and Noël-Nicolas Coypel, and his grandson Charles-Antoine Coypel.
Through a selection of over 80 works (paintings, drawings, tapestry cartoons, etc.), this exhibition highlights Noël Coypel's talents as a colorist and draughtsman.
The first part of the exhibition will be in the Cotelle Gallery in the Grand Trianon and will present works that evoke the painter’s greatest achievements. It will be a unique opportunity to discover lost decors, such as that of the king’s private apartment in the Tuileries, ensembles painted for the Grand Trianon, as well as works that are still visible today, such as the ceilings of the Dôme des Invalides and the parliament building in Rennes, which can be viewed on digital devices
The exhibition will continue in the Queen's State Apartment in the Palace of Versailles with the presentation of drawings and sketches relating to the ceiling of the Queen’s Guard Room, which was decorated by Coypel and was restored between 2015 and 2017.
Following this exhibition, the Rennes Fine Arts Museum will organise another exhibition on the artist’s whole career in 2024, in partnership with the Palace of Versailles.
The founder of a dynasty of painters, Noël Coypel (1628-1707) excelled in several fields, including ceilings, easel paintings, graphic arts and tapestry cartoons.
After initial training in Orléans, he returned to Paris and worked on the sets for Luigi Rossi's opera Orfeo. Spotted by the painter Charles Errard, then director of the royal decorations at the Louvre, large-scale decorations became an essential part of his activity: those for the royal residences (the Louvre, Tuileries, Versailles and Trianon palaces), as well as those for the Parlement de Bretagne, in Rennes, and the Invalides royal church.
In parallel, Noël Coypel enjoyed a brilliant academic career. He was received at the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1663 and was appointed teacher at the Académie de France in Rome in 1664. He was head of the latter from 1673 to 1675 and was appointed head of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture 1695.
The exhibition will be curated by Béatrice Sarrazin, General Curator for Heritage at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, and Guillaume Kazerouni, Head of Old Art Collections at the Rennes Fine Arts Museum.
A few OF the artist’s WORKS from the château de versailles collections
The audio TOUR
We recommend that you download the application before you arrive and then launch it to load the audio tour in advance.
- The exhibition will be held during the high season and the low season. Please check the opening times for the Palace and the Estate of Trianon.
- The last admission during the high season (until october 30th) will be at 5.45 pm.
- Then, the last admission will be at 4.45 pm.
- Book a “Trianon” ticket for the Cotelle Gallery or a “Passport” ticket to access the whole exhibition (including those eligible for free admission).
Billet domaine de Trianon
Ce billet donne accès au domaine de Trianon, aux expositions temporaires et au Parc.
Billet domaine de Trianon
An exhibition entitled "Noël Coypel (1628-1707), peintre du roi" will also be held at the Musées des Beaux-Arts de Rennes from February 17, 2024 to May 5, 2024, presenting around 140 works in a monographic retrospective. The exhibition will also be curated by Béatrice Sarrazin, General Curator of Heritage at the Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, and Guillaume Kazerouni, Head of Ancient Collections at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes.