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Study Tour: Schedule


Monday, September 8, 2014

Depart New York on an overnight flight to Paris.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014
After a morning arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, transfer to Tours and check in at the Domainede la Tortinière, a nineteenth-century château-hotel in a large parkoutside the city. Gather this evening for a lecture by William Hood, Visiting Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, followed by a welcome dinner.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014
This morning depart for the Château de Langeais, where in 1491 Anne of Brittany and King Charles VIII celebrated the marriage that brought that province to France. Then continue to the Château d’Ussé, a place oftowers and crenellations, which was the romantic inspirationfor Perrault’s tale of Sleeping Beauty. Following lunch, visit Azay-le-Rideau. Built on an island on the River Indre during the reign of François I, this sixteenth-century château appears to rise straight out of the water.


Thursday, September 11, 2014
Today we visit the Château de Chambord, the largest of the French Renaissance châteaux, known for its forest of chimneys. Designed for François I, perhaps with some ideas contributed by Leonardo da Vinci, Chambord is a fascinating hybrid of a traditional French hunting lodge and a royal palace, anticipating François I’s masterpiece, the Château de Fontainebleau. After lunch, the balance of the day is at leisure.

Friday, September 12, 2014
Drive to the village of Chenonceaux and its magnificent château on the Cher River. Designed by the French Renaissance architect Philibert de l’Orme, it was once the residence of Diane de Poitiers and then Catherinede Medici. Constructed on the site of an old mill, it spans the Cher River atop a graceful arcade. The château houses a finecollection of Old Masters paintings and Flemish tapestries. Return to Tours for lunch at leisure before discovering the wonderful surprises housed at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. In the evening, there will be a lecture by Professor Hood, followed by dinner at the hotel.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fontainebleau is a showcase of 12th- to 19th-century architecture due to expansion and embellishment by various rulers throughout the years. A direct “ancestor” of Louis XIV’s Versailles, it is the first royal palace to have been designed specifically for the monarch to exert his dominance over the nobility, and especially the royal dukes. Tour the apartments, the Napoleon Museum, and the Paintings Gallery, and admire the extensive gardens. In the late afternoon, continue to Paris to check in at the centrally located Hôtel Pont Royal. This evening, attend a lecture by Professor Hood before dinner.


Sunday, September 14, 2014
This morning visit La Maison de Verre with Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture at the Institute of Fine Arts. An early example of modernist architecture, it was built between 1928 and 1932 primarily of steel, glass, and glass block. The design was a collaboration among Pierre Chareau, Bernard Bijvoet, and Louis Dalbet. After lunch, enjoy an unscheduled afternoon, perhapsto shop, visit a favorite museum, or explore another area of the city. Following an early evening lecture by Professor Hood,dinner is at leisure.


Monday, September 15, 2014
Drive this morning to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. A masterpiece of seventeenth-century French architecture, it was created for finance minister Nicolas Fouquet by the architect Louis Le Vau, the painter and decorator Charles Le Brun, and the landscape gardener André Le Nôtre. Immediately following the house-warming on August 17, 1661, at which the 21-year-old Louis XIV was the guest of honor, Fouquet was arrested and his team of designers set to work on an old-fashioned hunting lodge that the young king had inher­ited from his father, Louis XIII. The result was the Château de Versailles. Return to Paris for the balance of the day at leisure.


Tuesday, September16, 2014
Spend the day exploring theexceptional Château de Versailles and its grounds. Begin with the Grand Apartments, including the restored Hall of Mirrors. Continue to the Private (or Petits) Apartments, where Marie Antoinette’s rooms are located. A walk through the magnificent classical gardens created by Le Nôtre for Louis XIV is followed by lunch near the Bassin d’Apollon. In the afternoon admire the Queen’s Hamlet (Hameau),an English-style garden designed for Marie Antoinette.This evening, conclude the trip with a festive farewell dinner.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for the flight home.