The Domaine de Chantilly in France opens its new prints and drawings gallery this week with an exhibition of rarely seen works by the likes of Michelangelo, Giovanni Bellini, Il Pordenone and Fra Bartolomeo. The opening comes after a year of restoration work under the watchful eye of Pierre-Antoine Gatier, head architect with the Monuments historiques (heritage trust). The five rooms, which are open to the public for the first time, have been restored to their former glory with 19th century colour schemes and decoration. The chateau de Chantilly houses one of France's greatest drawings collections, but under the terms of gift, works can never leave the castle, even for temporary exhibitions. These new galleries therefore provide a hugely important opportunity to bring these hidden treasures out of the shadows. Sotheby’s is very proud to be the lead sponsor of this important project. Click ahead to see highlights from the new exhibition.
Bellini, Michelangelo, Parmigianino – The Splendours of Drawing in the Renaissance
Musée Condé, Domaine de Chantilly: 24 March–20 August 2017