Chartres In Lights 2019: from April 27 to October 12, every night.

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4 - The Fine Art Museum – Façade of honour

About the scenography

Artistic design: “Modo-Astrolabium” – Leslie Epsztein

“The project is a composition on the theme of the cosmos and the space. The picture consists of an iconography of astronomical measuring instruments of the 16th century (astrolabes,...), and of astral maps which recreate curves and rounded off which revitalize and break the horizontal architecture of the facade. The idea of the project is to ally elements of History and modern graphic forms.”

Set design by Leslie Epsztein “Modo Astrolabium” - Chartres In Lights - Photo credit François Delauney

About the façade of honour of the Fine Art Museum

This building, which houses the Fine Art Museum, has known a turbulent history. The former bishop’s palace that welcomed King Henry IV for his coronation was here. There was also the castle of the bishop’s representative, built at the top end of the cathedral and demolished in the 17th century for the building of the present terraced garden and the bishop’s palace. The latter was renovated and enlarged in the 18th century. The building is classified as a historic monument and has housed the Fine Art Museum since 1939, after being used for the prefecture of the Eure-et-Loir.

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