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Antoine-Jean Gros, 1771-1835 Drawings of the Louvre

27 June 2019 30 September 2019
Antoine-Jean Gros (1771-1835), one of the most famous pupils of the painter Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825), is rightly considered a precursor of romanticism. Even more than his paintings, his drawings fairly quickly show a progressive distance from his master's classical teaching, until the definitive break with neoclassical aesthetics and the affirmation of a style that heralds this new artistic trend....

Italian drawings from the Mariette collection

27 June 2019 30 September 2019
The last representative of an illustrious dynasty of print dealers, admitted as a "free associate" at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774) is an engraver and draftsman, translator and art critic, tireless letter-writer and above all one of the most formidable collectors of drawings that ever lived. Following Pierre Rosenberg's publication in 2011 of the French...

The Taste of the Orient: Georges Marteau collector

26 June 2019 6 January 2020
The legacy made to the national museums by the engineer and heir to the firm Grimaud Georges Marteau (1851-1916) lies at the crossroads of three worlds: playing cards, Japonism and the art of the Persian book. They are also three parts of the collection nowadays dispersed between different institutions. Linked to their owner's unique itinerary and reflecting the spirit of an era that was enthusiastic about the arts...

Forgotten Kingdoms. From the Hittite Empire to the Arameans

2 May 2019 12 August 2019
The Hittite empire, a great rival power of ancient Egypt, ruled over Anatolia and held sway over the Levant until about 1200 BC. Its demise gave rise to Neo-Hittite and Aramean kingdoms in modern-day Turkey and Syria, heirs of the political, cultural, and artistic traditions of the fallen empire. The exhibition invites visitors to rediscover the mythic sites of this forgotten civilization, such as the majestic...

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