Rome, 8 March - 29 June 2003: a spectacular exhibition at three prestigious sites. From Ingres to Degas, at the French Academy at Villa Medici.
Under the patronage of Jacques Chirac and Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, the city of Rome presents, from 8 March to 29 June 2003, a spectacular exhibition held in three prestigious sites, reconstructing the eclectic world of the arts in 19th-century Rome, before the unification of Italy. Over seven hundred works from the world’s leading museums return to the city where they were created, including absolute masterpieces by Canova and Thorvaldsen, Hayez and Ingres, Turner and Corot, Gericault and Ivanov. Paintings, sculptures, large cartoons, drawings, prints, photographs, mosaics, bronzes selected by the leading experts on this historical period. The sites and titles of the sections of the exhibition include: at the Papal Stables, “Universal and eternal”, at the National Gallery of Modern Art “Capitals of the Arts”, and at the French Academy at Villa Medici, ” From Ingres to Degas. French artists in Rome”, covered by the second exhibition catalogue. 752 pages, 1000 images, of which 220 in large format, document this major exhibition on French artists in Rome during the 1800s: winners of the Prix de Rome or simply travelers, for whom the Eternal City was a source of inspiration, training, a career starting point. An itinerary focusing on neoclassicism and the mythological nude is followed by a striking section of portraits: Ingres, Corot, Gericault are just a few of the great protagonists of the beautiful show. Authoritative texts and comparative readings (bibliography and index of the artists) complete the catalogue.