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CFP: The Orléans Collection Symposium

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Posted by: New Orleans Museum of Art
Deadline: Sun, September 30th, 2018


The Orléans Collection: Tastemaking, Networks and Legacy

New Orleans Museum of Art, January 11-13, 2019



The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Frick Center for the History of Collecting will host a 

symposium in conjunction with ’The Orléans Collection’ exhibition dedicated to the collecting 

and collection of Philippe II duc d’Orléans (1674–1723) on view at the New Orleans Museum of 

Art October 26, 2018 through January 27, 2019 


Collecting over just over two decades, Philippe II d’Orléans amassed one of the most important 

collections of European paintings in the history of art, which he displayed in his Palais-Royal in 

Paris. This celebrated collection assembled over 500 masterpieces of European Art and this

landmark exhibition reunites a representative group of forty works to tell the complex story of

the collection’s formation and character and the impact of the sales of the collection in London

during the French revolution, a watershed event in the history of collecting. 


The Orléans Collectionexhibition catalogue essays offer an overview of the collection, Philippe’s 

relationship with his court painter Antoine Coypel, the refurbishment of the Palais-Royal during 

the regency, his collecting of Venetian, Dutch and Flemish and Bolognese Art, contemporary 

artists studying the collection, and a review of the circumstances of the collection’s dispersal.

The catalogue’s extensive Appendix transcribes the earliest 1727 publication of the collection 

tracing picture to their current locations. 


The symposium seeks to expand beyond the scope of the catalogue and consider a 

wider range of relationships concerning Philippe d’Orléans’s taste and the impact the collection 

had for generations of collectors and artists, and an increasingly wider public throughout the 

eighteenth century. Subjects of interest might include: Philippe II’s patronage network; fellow

collectors and trends in collecting in Paris; dealers and the art market in eighteenth century

Paris; connections with contemporary collections in the German principalities; the ’Orléans 

Effect’ in Great Britain and later entrance in public collections.  


Travel can be provided to a limited number of applicants. 

To propose a paper, please submit a message of interest and 300 word abstract by September 27, 2018to: 



Posted on Fri, September 7th, 2018
Expires on Sun, September 30th, 2018

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