France: From Giotto to Caravaggio

Source: FSSPX News

The Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris will be presenting Italian paintings from the 14th through 17th centuries from March 27 to July 20, 2015. They come from the Italian Roberto Longhi Foundation (Florence), and this will be the first time they are exposed in France. Roberto Longhi (1890-1970), an Italian art historian, is the author of important works on Piero Della Francesca, Michelangelo Merisi, Italian 13th century paintings, the Ferrare school, and Venetian paintings.

The exposition begins with a section consecrated to Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio (1571-1610), including his Crowning with Thorns (1602-1603), and shows the influence of the artist’s themes and style in Rome and throughout all of Europe, on Carlo Saraceni’s (around 1579-1620) and Bartolomeo Manfredi’s (1582-1622) figures of Christ and biblical scenes; on Jusepe de Ribera’s (1591-1652) striking apostles; and also on Matthias Stomer (1600-1652) and Mattia Preti (1613-1699).

In his research, Roberto Longhi also studied the Primitives, innovative artists from the beginning of the 14th century (Giotto), and the Italian 15th century artists at the origin of modern painting (Masaccio, Masolino da Panicale, Piero della Francesca). Some of their masterpieces have been lent for this exposition by the Uffizi Gallery and the Palatine Gallery in Florence, the Academia Gallery in Venice and the Vatican Museum.

The Jacquemart-André Museum, 158 Boulevard Haussman 75008 Paris, is open every day including holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Night openings on Mondays and Saturdays until 8:30 p.m. during exposition periods. Full fee: 12€/ reduced fee: 10€ (students, children between 7 and 17, persons looking for work). Free for invalids and children under 7.

(sources: muse-jacquemart-andre/larousse – DICI no. 311 dated February 27, 2015)