The history of Scotland and France have been closely linked since the Middle Ages. Even today, the two countries gather around an imposing restoration project of a Scottish castle: Stirling Castle. From spring 2011, visitors will be able to discover this renovated jewel, one of the main Scottish tourist sites, directly linked to the history of the French Renaissance.
The castle was built by King Jacques V and inhabited by Marie de Guise, his French wife who participated, thanks to her generous dowry, in its furnishing and decoration by renowned French craftsmen. Stirling Castle was also the main residence of their daughter Marie, Queen of Scots from 1542, sent to France to complete her French education. She married François II, eldest son of Henri II and future king of France.
In order to respect the tradition of "French" decor, Historic Scotland called on one of the most renowned French decorators to reproduce the original work of the famous French Renaissance artist, Pierre Quesnel, in an identical fashion. Michel Nadaï, painter decorator, specialist in mural painting, is also a teacher in the school he founded in the south-west of France, where he is from. Multiple awards, Michel Nadaï was recognized best craftsman in France in 1994, and, more recently, received the title of Master Craftsman (2002).
After starting his career at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, where he worked on the sets for more than 10 years, he chose to return to his native southwest to specialize in decorative painting and set up his own. workshop. Michel is a talented painter-decorator who, with over 20 years of experience, excels in the art of wood and marble engraving, as well as trompe-l'oeil and mural painting. Thanks to this renovation and the meticulous work of many specialist craftsmen, visitors will be able to discover the royal apartments as they were at the time from the spring of 2011.
Stirling Castle is already one of Scotland's most visited sites, but this renovation is expected to add a new dimension, allowing visitors to step back in time to the era of the Renaissance. Costumed actors will take on the role of lords, courtesans, soldiers and servants and will explain the delights and risks of this era where beauty and elegance often concealed dangers and political intrigue.
- The site of Stirling Castle
- Video presentation of Stirling Castle and the renovations (in English)