Exceptional exhibition “Children of the Renaissance” at the Royal Castle of Blois

Du 18/05/2019 au 01/09/2019
6 Place du Château, 41000 Blois, France

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The exhibition "Children of the Renaissance", which explores the new theme of childhood, from birth to the education of royal children and children in general.

Cradle of many crowned heads, childhood home of the two daughters of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany, nursery of the 7 children of Francis I and Claude of France, family palace for Henri II and Catherine de Médicis and then residence of the late progeny of Henri IV and Marie de Médicis: the castle has never stopped seeing its royal children grow up! An intimate blend of the castle’s history and the evolution of education since the Middle Ages, this unpublished exhibition presents for the first time the customs and habits associated with childhood from the late 15th to the early 17th century.

Nourished by the richness of the various family sagas of the Royal Castle of Blois and rich in a corpus of unpublished objects, the exhibition “Children of the Renaissance” is divided into three main sections: Birth and early childhood, the childish universe, education and children at the Court of France. This exhibition will bring together more than 150 prestigious works on loan from the Louvre Museum, the Château de Versailles, the Musée de l’Armée and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, among others.

What did an infant eat 500 years ago? How did the queen give birth? Did the children play dinner? What were the good manners? The exhibition “Children of the Renaissance” submits to these questions, often with unusual answers, thanks to an unusual immersion in an era with codes far removed from the reality imagined by the visitor.

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