Galerie de Bayser

Regular price €240,00

Tax included.

Visit the Private Gallery Where an Original Da Vinci Was Discovered 

Founded in 1936 and lodged discretely above the courtyard of a 17th-century hôtel particulier, this light-flooded gallery is a repository of some of the world’s most beautiful drawings from the 16th century to today. The de Baysers are third-generation experts in authenticating and valuing fine artworks; in 2016 Patrick de Bayser played a key role in the discovery and authentication of an original drawing of Saint Sebastian by Leonardo da Vinci, now valued at more than $15 million. Holding a copy of the drawing, he says, “This is my baby.” Secret Journeys guests get exclusive access in a visit to the elegant gallery, library and offices of de Bayser, housed in the former mansion of the children of the notorious marquis de Louvois, built in 1690, with a chance to see art history in the making. With author and journalist Catherine Monroy, you will see precious drawings and other artworks and learn how art is studied and authenticated here by the four passionate de Bayser brothers who are carrying the family’s legacy with determination and an acute eye for true beauty. From Italian Renaissance masterpieces to French works by Degas and Delacroix, this is an unforgettable chance to explore an exclusive niche in the art world.

  • Private experience limited to 6 guests
  • Catherine Monroy, a French author and journalist will be by your side to share behind-the-scenes stories
  • Learn the fascinating story behind the De Bayser family and how the grandfather’s passion for drawings was passed on to the family’s third generation
  • Patrick de Bayser tells the story of how he authenticated Leonardi da Vinci’s drawing
  • Enjoy the singular architecture of a Parisian private mansion, with a breathtaking courtyard and staircase
  • Ends with a glass of champagne in company of Patrick de Bayser
  • Total experience lasts 2.5 hours

Meeting point is 69 rue Saint-Anne, 75002 Paris