When entering inside the Jacquemart-André Museum, you will get inside the house whose owner dedicated their whole life to collecting art pieces.
Edouard André was the heir of a large family of protestant bankers. He used his wealth to acquire Art Masterpieces that he showcase in its Hôtel on the Boulevard Haussman. To build the Museum, Edouard André bought a piece of land on the Boulevard Haussman, and decided to build a private mansion on it. The Musée Jacquemart-André is a large and very beautiful building inspired by classical models with a perfectly symmetrical plan.
It is in the neighborhood of Monceau plain that the aristocracy and high bourgeoisie of the Second Empire were building their mansions.
In 1881, he married Nélie Jacquemart, a renown artist. This was a decisive moment the creation of the museum. Nelie want to push this project forward, and was in charge of the set up of the collections.
She was fascinated by Italian art. In 1882 she acquired many small objects, fabrics and sculpture from Italy. Later, some Venetian and northern italy paintings were added, among them : Bellini, Mantegna and Crivelli.
One of the museum rooms gathers fifteenth century Italian Sculptures, and another Florentine Art.
The museum now contains more than 5000 pieces of Art.