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Chefs-d’œuvre de la Renaissance à Venise

Editions du patrimoine, Centre des monuments, Paris 2022
Al Thani Collection

Curated by Philippe Malgouyres

This exhibition, organized by the Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine, showcased the masterpieces from the Giorgio Franchetti Gallery at Ca’ d’Oro in Venice, whose temporary closure allowed for the display of this exceptional collection in Paris, particularly Andrea Mantegna’s “Saint Sebastian”, the artist’s final masterpiece and the heart of the museum. For the first time in over a century, the painting has left its display case on the banks of the Grand Canal to be exhibited in the Place de la Concorde.

The catalog enables the reader to explore the art and history of the Serenissima. Paintings, sculptures, and art objects all evoke the extraordinary splendor and artistic virtuosity of the city, through the eyes of an art enthusiast, Giorgio Franchetti.
The first part is dedicated to the history of this magnificent 15th-century Venetian palace, which overlooks the Grand Canal in the Cannareggio district, and which was in ruins when Baron Giorgio Franchetti transformed it into a museum. The wealthy patron installed his collection there thirty years after acquiring it. Hailing from a family of wealthy bankers and entrepreneurs, Franchetti was passionate about music and art, and his tastes had led him to travel throughout Europe.
The second part presents the catalog of works by the greatest Italian artists, primarily Venetian, such as Pietro Lombardo, Gentile Bellini, Jacopo Sansovino, Mantegna, Tiziano, Tintoretto, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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