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Cognacq-Jay Museum: The Empire of the Senses, from François Boucher to Jean-Baptiste Greuze

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Witness a pure celebration of the senses through a titillating exhibition hosted by Cognacq-Jay Museum.


  • Discover an erotic exhibition titled ‘The Empire of the Senses’
  • See ideas of intimacy and libertinism weave through art in the 18th century
  • Explore around 60 masterpieces from François Boucher to Jean-Baptiste Greuze
  • Reflect on the conditions of women during the Age of Enlightenment


  • Admission ticket to Cognacq-Jay Museum
  • Access to Empire of the Senses Exhibition

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Cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled

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In honor of the 250th anniversary of the death of François Boucher (1703-1770), Cognacq-Jay Museum offers an in-depth examination of love and desire. The 18th-century was defined as a period of pleasure and libertinage. During this century, philosophers, men of letters, and artists invested in loving passions and carnal desires. François Boucher, the first painter of King Louis XV, in particular, was an expert when it came to delicate sensual pastorals and erotic compositions. The exhibition showcases the boldest of his works alongside works by his peers: Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and Antoine Watteau.

Embark on a journey that retraces the history of desire, from first emotions to the satisfaction of passions. The exhibition brings together sixty paintings and drawings, gathered from prestigious international collections, both public and private, some presented to the public for the very first time.


  • Annick Lemoine - Director of the museum Cognac-Jay

Scientific Committee

  • William Faroult - Chief curator in charge of French paintings XVIII century British and American paintings, Louvre
  • Françoise Joulie - Art historian
  • Alastair Laing - Honorary curator National Trust, London

know before you go

COVID Update

  • When you arrive, please maintain a physical distance of at least one meter between yourself and other visitors or museum personnel
  • Temporary, on-site purchases are possible only with a bank card
  • Wash your hands regularly, especially before you enter the museum. Hydroalcoholic gel is available at the entrance
  • Follow the itinerary signs when you’re inside the exhibition area
  • For reasons of hygiene, please do not touch the digital devices along your pathway
  • Signs listing health measures are displayed in various museum areas. Ensure you follow the instructions
  • If you are sick and have symptoms, please postpone your visit
  • Cloakrooms will be closed

Dates and Timings

  • Availability: 2 Dec 2020 – 28 Mar 2021
  • Open: Tue-Sun | 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Late Opening: Fri, 9 PM
  • Closed: Mon, Dec 21 and Jan 1

Discounted Tickets

This experience is free for children aged below 18. Youth between 18 and 26 enjoy reduced prices on their tickets

my tickets

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly
  • Please display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the attraction
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the start time of your tour to avoid delays
  • If you have purchased reduced-price tickets, please carry your valid photo ID proof for verification

Ticket Redemption Point

  • You can redeem the tickets directly at the entrance of the attraction: Cognacq-Jay Museum
  • Address: 8 Rue Elzevir, 75003 Paris, France

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Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Payenne, a 3-minute walk to the museum
  • Bus #29 will get you there

By Metro

  • The closest metro station is Saint-Paul, a 5-minute walk to the museum
  • Metro #1 will get you here


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