The Taste of the Renaissance: A Dialogue Between Collections The Taste of the Renaissance: A Dialogue Between Collections

The Taste of the Renaissance: A Dialogue Between Collections Exhibition at the Hôtel de la Marine from March 6 to June 30, 2024

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What to expect

In the heart of Paris, the Hôtel de la Marine stands out not only for its sumptuous architecture but also for its commitment to cultural dissemination. From March 6 to June 30, 2024, this historic monument hosts "The Taste of the Renaissance: A Dialogue Between Collections," a remarkable exhibition that marks the second stage of a prestigious series of three collaborations with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This flagship exhibition illustrates the ongoing commitment of the Al Thani Collection to enriching the cultural landscape by presenting two annual temporary exhibitions.

The exhibition celebrates the Renaissance, a key period in art history characterized by unprecedented intellectual and artistic renewal, inspired by Antiquity. It highlights the exceptional inventiveness and virtuosity of artists of that time while exploring the enduring fascination that this art holds for collectors throughout the centuries.

The exhibition organizers, the Al Thani Collection Foundation and the Centre des monuments nationaux, in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, meticulously selected over 130 works for this occasion. These pieces include sculptures, goldsmithing, jewelry, glassware, textiles, books, manuscripts, paintings, graphic works, and exotic objects, many of which have never been exhibited in Paris before. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to admire creations by masters such as l’Antico, Lucas Cranach the Younger, François Clouet, Vittore Crivelli, Donatello, Nicholas Hilliard, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Leonardo da Vinci. These works will be accompanied by exceptional art objects commissioned by patrons from royalty and the upper aristocracy, reflecting the passion and ambition that drove the greatest art collectors in history.

The exhibition also highlights the global interconnections of the Renaissance, an era marked by explorations and discoveries that facilitated exchanges of materials and ideas across Europe and beyond. These exchanges enriched Renaissance art, allowing it to embrace and integrate diverse influences and contributed to the emergence of a universal artistic language that continues to inspire to this day.

The fully renewed presentation of the four rooms of the Al Thani Collection for this exhibition underscores the importance of this project. For the first time since its opening, the Hôtel de la Marine offers visitors an immersive experience in the universe of the Renaissance, reflecting the thinking and aesthetics of the time rooted in Antiquity.

The exhibition curator, Dr. Emma Edwards, a prominent art historian associated with the Victoria and Albert Museum, orchestrated this event with particular attention to the storytelling and contextualization of the works. Her vision was to create a dialogue between the collections that not only celebrates the beauty and ingenuity of Renaissance art but also encourages reflection on the impact of this period on future generations of collectors and art enthusiasts.

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