The passions of Sir von Besenval
Peter Viktor von Besenval was born 300 years ago. A Swiss baron and a mercenary officer in the service of the French crown, Besenval was a passionate collector of objets d’art and plants, and a notorious ladies’ man.
Peter Viktor von Besenval (1721−1791). A life in the service of the French crown
18.09.2021 31.05.2022 / Museum Schloss Waldegg
Peter Viktor von Besenval was born at Schloss Waldegg around 300 years ago. He spent almost his entire life in France, where he rose to fame, honour and great wealth in the service of the French crown. Schloss Waldegg presents Besenval as a mercenary officer, courtier and confidant of Queen Marie-Antoinette, as an author and collector of objets d’art and plants, as a patron and builder and as a gallant lover. The exhibition explores both Besenval’s life and the milieu in which he lived, opening up a sweeping panorama of 18th-century France.