7 November 2018
18 February 2019
The Musée du Louvre and the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg are joining forces for an outstanding exhibition based on the collection built up by the Marquis Campana mostly between the 1830s and the 1850s. For the first time since its dispersion in 1861, the exhibition will provide a comprehensive overview of the 19th century's largest private collection....
With over 12,000 archaeological objects, paintings, sculptures, and objets d'art, and comprising both ancient and modern artefacts, it was a rich, diverse collection of the highest quality.
After a high-profile trial in which Campana was convicted of embezzlement in 1857, the collection was seized and sold by the Papal States. The sensation sparked by its subsequent dispersal throughout Europe was testament to its importance in the Italian and European cultural consciousness. A significant part of the Campana collection was purchased in 1861 by Tsar Alexander II, enriching the collections of the State Hermitage Museum. The rest of the collection-over 10,000 works-was purchased by Napoleon III and shared between the Musée du Louvre and various regional museums.