$35 USD per device. This program is 60 mins, including time for discussion to ask questions and exchange ideas. Suitable for all ages, no background required.

  • Tuesday, June 8 2021 at 11:00 am EST

Join us for a virtual exploration of the Tuileries and Luxembourg Gardens. Both are now public parks beloved by Parisians and visitors alike, but they were originally designed to accompany royal palaces. Hear about the Italian inspiration for these two formal gardens, designed for powerful Medici women who were also French queens. In 1564, Catherine de Medici commissioned a new palace near the medieval Louvre and asked for a Renaissance-style garden to adjoin it. Sixty years later, when Marie de Medici wished to recreate her childhood home in Florence, the Pitti Palace and its stunning Boboli gardens served as the model for today’s Jardin du Luxembourg. In this program, we’ll discover the gorgeous details in both green spaces. Renaissance art ideals were not just for painting and sculpture. They also redefined the beauty of the European garden, bringing calm, nature, and elegance to today’s Paris.

You will:

  • Explore two gorgeous gardens in the heart of Paris: Tuileries and Luxembourg.
  • Hear the stories of the French Queens who commissioned both designs.
  • Learn how and why the Italian Renaissance inspired French formal garden design.
  • See how these two artful landscapes continue to inspire Parisians and visitors today.

Your educator, Julien Savadoux, studied both history and art history at Paris’ Sorbonne University, and graduated with a degree in cultural mediation. Julien has shared his passion for his hometown of Paris, as both guide and educator for several decades.  

You can also sign up for our series French Gardens.

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Image: The Medici Fountain, Luxembourg Gardens, Paris.

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