Lausanne, Fondation de l'Hermitage

This summer's exhibition at the Fondation de l'Hermitage is on the treasures from the Accademia Carrara of Bergamo, a fine art school and museum in Lombardy, Italy. Founded in 1796 by the collector and patron of the arts Giacomo Carrara, the academy has over 1,800 works from the fifteenth to the nineteenth century in its collection. Some 70 paintings from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century have been loaned for this show.

On view are paintings by artists from the Venetian school, such as Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Titian and Canaletto; the Florentine school, which included Botticelli; and artists from Bergamo, such as Lotto and Baschenis. The subjects take in religious depictions, portraiture, landscape and still life. Highlights include Canaletto's painting of "The Grand Canal Seen from Palazzo Balbi," depicting gondolieri on Venice's Grand Canal; Pisanello's "Portrait of Lionello d'Este"; and Botticelli's "Story of Virginia." Indeed, the exhibition confirms the magnificence and richness of Italian painting over several centuries, along with the gradual evolution in pictorial styles.

June 27 through October 26, 2008
Fondation de l'Hermitage
2 route du Signal
1000 Lausanne 8
T. +41 (0)21 320 50 01