On Feast of St. Louis, an heir previews the Art Museum’s Louis IX exhibition

By | August 26, 2014
Louis Alphonse of Bourbon and Marie Marguerite, the Duke and Duchess of Anjou

Louis Alphonse of Bourbon and Marie Marguerite, the Duke and Duchess of Anjou, dropped by the Museum for a sneak peek of the upcoming exhibition Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake. (Photo by J.J. Lane)

Our installation crew is working hard to get the Louis IX: King, Saint, Namesake exhibition ready for its Friday opening, but they were able to take a short break on Monday to give a preview to a special visitor, a direct descendant of St. Louis and — should the Fifth Republic give way to a return of the monarchy — the rightful claimant to the throne of France.

Louis Alphonse of Bourbon and his wife, Marie Marguerite, toured the galleries and heard from curators about the exhibition, which highlights art at the time of Louis IX and later works celebrating his reign. The Duke and Duchess of Anjou were joined by representatives from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which is a lender to the exhibition and has been celebrating the 800th birthday of our city’s namesake with special events since April.

In the Catholic liturgical calendar, Monday just happened to be the Feast of St. Louis, so the Duke and Duchess wrapped up their visit with a photograph in front of The Apotheosis of St. Louis, the iconic sculpture of the Duke’s ancestor that has greeted Art Museum visitors for more than a century.