This very nice museum bears its name quite well. The place used to be the Parisian home of the Dutch born painter Ary Scheffer (1795–1858). The neigbourhood, known as the New Athens, counted many writers, thinkers and artists, and Scheffer himself held famous “salons” attended by the most important figures of art and culture, and particularly from members of the passionate Romantic movement, to which Scheffer also belonged. Frédéric Chopin and his lover writer George Sand, who lived nearby, were regulars, as well as Eugène Delacroix or Franz Liszt. The museum also pays tribute to historian and thinker Ernest Renan (1823-1892), who had married Scheffer’s great-niece. Entering the house is like stepping back in these animated years. The rooms of the house present various memoralia of George Sand (furniture, personal objects), and paintings and sculptures of romantic artists fill the walls. The access to the main house is free. Twice a year, temporary exhibitions with an entrance fee are also organised, in one of the painting studios (who also acted as a library and drawing-room) added to the house by Scheffer. The hothouse is now a teahouse, and it is possible to have tea-time or a simple lunch ( 10:00 to 17:30) in the peaceful little garden, during spring and summer (the teahouse closes from november and during winter months, reopening in march). Perfect to forget the agitation of Parisian contemporary life for a little while and to share some of the atmosphere of the romantic era in a lovely setting.

 

 

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