The Renaissance from Florence to Paris. Round trip
The treasures of the Museum Jacquemart -André return home . Botticelli , Donatello, Mantegna, Paolo Uccello
Villa Bardini.From 06-09-2013 to 31-12-2013. The Jacquemart-André Museum has , after the Louvre , the largest collection of Florentine Renaissance in France thanks to the hundreds of masterpieces in Florence purchased in the late nineteenth century , mostly in the atelier of the famous antiquarian Stefano Bardini . The exhibition The Renaissance from Florence to Paris is designed as a double homecoming, which for the first time back in Italy the core of the collection Jacquemart -André. Paintings by Botticelli, Mantegna, Paolo Uccello, Luca Signorelli, Alesso Baldovinetti, sculptures by Giambologna and Donatello, bronzes, furniture, ceramics. In all 30 masterpieces return to the city where they were created to be exposed in the same house - studio of the merchant who alienated them. Edouard André , the heir to a family of bankers imperial aristocracy , friend and comrade-in-arms of Napoleon III, before he left the army , then the policy , with the specific purpose of bridging the artistic treasures of the great palace-museum built on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris. Nélie Jacquemart was instead a painter, portraitist of high society . They were married at an advanced age, and thanks to her, Andrè fell in love with Italy and the masters of the Renaissance. Starting from 1882, each year corresponded to a trip to Florence, where they found the ideal partner in Bardini, a merchant skilful and well-stocked, from whom they bought the masterpieces that are now in the Jacquemart-André Museum. With the Florentine works return to Florence part of the circle magically closes.