The Orléans Collection Symposium: January 11–12, 2019


The Orléans Collection: Tastemaking, Networks, and Legacy

The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting will host a symposium in conjunction with The Orléans Collection exhibition, dedicated to the collecting and collection of Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans, (1674–1723) and on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art through January 27, 2019.

In the course of just two decades in the early eighteenth century, Philippe II d’Orléans amassed one of the most important collections of European paintings in the history of art, which he displayed in his Palais-Royal in Paris. This celebrated collection assembled over 500 masterpieces of European art and this landmark exhibition reunites a representative group of thirty-eight works to tell the complex story of the collection’s formation and character and the impact of the sales of the collection in London during the French Revolution, a watershed event in the history of collecting.

The symposium will consider Philippe d’Orléans’s taste and the impact the collection had for generations of collectors and artists, and an increasingly wider public throughout the eighteenth century. Subjects of interest include: Philippe II’s patronage network; fellow collectors and trends in collecting in Paris; dealers and the art market in eighteenth-century Paris; connections with contemporary collections in the German principalities; the “Orleans Effect” in Great Britain and later entrance into public collections.

Admission: $100 for adults | $75 NOMA members | $30 Graduate students with ID (please use a university email address)


Hotel blocks have been reserved for symposium participants at the Hampton Inn on Saint Charles; register using the codeword NOMAFRICKSYMPOSIUM.


Friday, January 11

6 pm | “Repositioning Philippe’s Collecting,” Symposium Keynote Lecture by Vanessa Schmid, Senior Research Curator for European Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art


Saturday, January 12

9 am – 7 pm | Symposium Sessions and Reception

9 am | Registration

9:30 am | Welcome: “The Legacy of The Orléans Collection,” Inge Reist, Director Emerita, The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting


10:30 am | SESSION I: Tastemaking in Paris: Philippe, His Circle and Connections in Eigtheenth-Century France

  • “Paintings for the Duke of Orléans: Montarsis, Hérault, Rondé, and the Network of Parisian Picture Dealers around 1710,” François Marandet, Art History Lecturer, Institut d’études supérieures des arts, Paris
  • “Absolutism and the Politics of Affect in Antoine Coypel’s Aeneas Gallery,” Aaron Wile, University of Southern California
  • “Alternatives to the French Academy: Painters and the Public Spaces during the Regency,” Sophie Raux, University of Lyon
  • “The Craze for Netherlandish Painting in Eighteenth-Century Paris,” Everhard Korthals Altes, Delft Technical University


12:30 pm | LUNCH (A boxed lunch will be provided to all full-price participants, excluding Graduate Student admission)


1:30 pm | SESSION II: The Orléans Effect in Great Britain

  • “Crossing the Channel: The Orléans Collection Arrives in London,” Julia Armstrong-Totten, Independent Scholar
  • “The Orléans Collection reborn in Regency London: The Stafford Gallery at Cleveland House,” Peter Humfrey, Professor Emeritus, University of St. Andrews
  • “Decline and Fall: The Fate of the Orléans Pictures in Britain,” Elizabeth Pergam, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York
  • “‘Looking at the £100,000 Picture’: Rembrandt’s The Mill, Loans and Acquisitions at the National Gallery, London,'” Alison Clarke, Terra Foundation-Paul Mellon Centre Fellow


 NOMA | New Orleans Museum Of Art

The Center for the History of Collecting was established at the Frick Art Reference Library in 2007 to support the study of the formation of art collections, both public and private, from the Renaissance to the present day, while asserting the relevance of this subject to art and cultural history. The Center’s public programs provide a forum for thoughtful exchange that stimulates scholarship in this discipline. The Center also offers fellowships, seminars, panels, and study days and plays a significant role in creating the tools needed for access to primary documents generated by art collectors and dealers.


Additional support is provided by the Kress Foundation, Northern Trust, the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, and the Consul General of France in New Orleans