French Royal Jewels in the Louvre’s Newly Restored Galerie d’Apollon: A Marvelous Story of Savoir-faire
October 6, 2020
In collaboration with the Louvre, Cartier, and the art lecture series, On the Flip Side, American Friends of the Louvre was pleased to invite you to a webinar with Philippe Malgouyres, chief curator in the department of Decorative Arts at the Louvre; Pierre Rainero, Image, Style and Heritage Director, Cartier International; and Christina Eberli, founder of On the Flip Side.
The discussion focussed on some of the extraordinary stories behind legendary stones such as The Regent Diamond, the relationship with the French court and the connection between the royal courts and American clients at Cartier as well as specific glyptics and decorative arts which are displayed in the Galerie d’Apollon. The talk also highlighted the extraordinary savoir-faire illustrated in the precious objects exhibited in the gallery.
The Galerie d’Apollon—an iconic room of the Louvre, home to some of its most precious historical collections—has reopened. Following the renovation and re-design that began in March 2019, the project involved making improvements to both the room itself and the presentation of the artworks held within. Three new display cases have been created for the French Crown Jewels, which are now shown together, offering a complete overview of their history. The renovation of the Galerie d’Apollon was made possible thanks to the generosity of Maison Cartier.