This museum is about The Romantic Life, but not “romantic” in the sense of people falling in love and giving each other flowers. Rather it is about a group of artists and writers who lived in Paris during the period of Romanticism in the nineteenth century.
The house originally belonged to the painter Ary Scheffer (1795-1858) and it remained the property of the Scheffer-Renan family until 1983, when it was given to the City of Paris to be turned into a museum. (Actually the city could have had it as early as 1898, but the City Council turned it down at the time so it stayed in the family for another eighty-five years.)
Besides paintings by Ary Scheffer and his brother Henri, the museum also has exhibits about the writer George Sand (1804-1876) and other writers, painters and composers of the period.
This is a bust of the scholar and philosopher Ernest Renan, who married Ary Scheffer’s niece Cornélie Scheffer in 1856.
Address: Musée de la Vie Romantique, Hôtel Scheffer-Renan,
16 rue Chaptal – 75009 Paris. GPS 48°52’51.09″ North; 2°19’59.82″ East
Location, aerial view and photo on monumentum.fr.
My photos in this post are from 2011. I revised the text in 2018.
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Friends of mine live in Paris. I’m going to let them know about this article. Take care.
The bust of Ernest Renan is so life-like. I almost expect him to come to life and introduce himself!