Souvenirs d’Italie (1600-1850)
Paris, Musée de la Vie romantique

A selection of art works from the permanent collection of one of Paris's major museums, Petit Palais, finds a more intimate venue in an early 18th century private residence that, since 1987, harbors the Musée de la Vie Romantique. The selection reunites paintings, sculptures and drawings created by French artists who traveled throughout Italy from the 18th century to the middle of the 19th century. At the time, a tour of the Italian peninsula was a rite of passage that most young artists performed in order to complete their education. Their favored themes were Roman relics and ruins, mythological iconography, monuments from the Renaissance and, naturally, Roman beauties.

The exhibition showcases more than one hundred art works, with a special section dedicated to the painter and engraver Claude Lorrain, and the spectacular mythological décor of eight monumental paintings by Hubert Robert. Works by Ingres, Granet or Corot are also presented, including unseen watercolors painted at the Villa Medici by Charles Garnier, the famous architect of Paris's stunning opera house, le Palais Garnier

September 29th, 2009 through January 17th, 2010
Hôtel Scheffer-Renan
16 rue Chaptal 75009 Paris
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