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modern antiquity


From 8 November 2019 al 1 March 2020 at l 'French Academy in the luxurious palace Villa Medici the exhibition that traces the discovery of Roman antiquity and the subsequent success in France, It is becoming an important center for its spread.

The result of the partnership between the Louvre Museum and l 'Accademia of France a Roma, that for about five years they have created a research and development project, The rich display is able to present almost four centuries of acquisitions from the founding in 1666, ever since under the tutelage of the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, He has always played the role of center of study and dissemination of ancient artistic models in France.

The French Academy (A bit of history)

Maximum Warranty attention to the organization and to the choice of works is entrusted to the care directly to the President and Director of Louvre Jean-Luc Martinez and the Curator of the Museum's Heritage Elisabeth Le Breton that sums up the main reason that stimulated the project: "The two collections of Villa Medici and the Louvre have been forgotten for a long time, and now they are finally rehabilitated. With the exhibition we emphasize the desire to take possession of the Roman antiquity knowledge expressed by the French monarchy, but we must remember that the technique of plaster was used even by the Romans, which in turn they wanted to take possession of Greek Art ".

The rediscovery of ancient art in Renaissance Rome, thanks to the religious and cultural tourism, It develops an interest that goes beyond the boundaries of the city itself. In particular, the demands of the masterpieces from France, You can not be answered by the papal laws forbidding the release of the works from the territory of Rome, cause numerous reproductions of plaster models, as it had already happened in the past with marble copies of the originals. Here also it develops the strategic role of 'Accademia of France in the creation of this heritage, becoming a valuable source of study for many artists. The last campaign took fingerprints dates back to the nineteenth century, then the progressive disinterest due to the closure of gypsum deposits in, and who now see new light.

The exhibition

87 plaster works coming mostly from the collection of 'Accademia of France and from Louvre with the addition of substantial loans from the National Library of France, from Classical Art Museum of the Museums of the University of Rome La Sapienza and City of Ceramics Sèvres and Limoges. The path winds through a simple and rigorous preparation that emphasizes the great suggestion that the imposing statues cause alternating with smaller niches illuminated when approaching.

The beginning, after all, immerses the visitor in the magic of the two bodies lying son lying followed by dying Gaul, and then bodies, busts and faces that are wonderfully enchanting staircase inside the palace by force. In addition, the remarkable group of statues of Niobidi, realized in 1686 commissioned by Louis XIV, This is one of the shining examples in the outstanding admirably emphasize the grandeur and charm attracted ancient art.

Within the exhibition there is a major initiative related to the disposal of a tactile gallery destined to the general public especially the handicapped. In the gardens of the Villa, inside the 'Atelier Balthus, There will be seven tactile works: statue, heads and bas-reliefs, coming from Art Workshops della National Monuments Meeting del Grand Palais. The entrance to the tactile gallery is free and on reservation ( ).

The interesting and rich catalog, as well as texts by the curators, It contains contributions from a large group of scholars, She tells with numerous beautiful pictures and the story of estrus French art from the seventeenth to the twentieth century with the disclosure of plaster models, and the words about the Jean-Luc Martinez It becomes synthetic appropriate than ever: "Ancient Rome is steeped in Greek culture, such as France's Grand Siècle is the ideal of the Roman Empire. Greece and Rome were therefore, respectively, role models, if not exceed ".

Info, Timetable and prices

A 'modern antiquity

Dall’ 8 November 2019 al 1 March 2020, French Academy-Villa Medici

Schedule: From Tuesday to Sunday h 12-19 (Last entrance h 18.30). Monday closed.

Ticket: € 6, free for people under 18 years, Exhibition + guided tour of the gardens of the Villa Medici ticket € 12, Reduced € 6.

Info: +39 06 67611, email