Jean-Léon GérômeSarah Bernhardt© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
prevailed as a writer and poet at the turn of the last century, giving a new impetus to Italian literature in Europe. A talented author, he was also interested in painting, photography, music, and, like Wagner, he dreamed of turning his life into a "total artwork". He transformed his house overlooking the Lac de Garde into an original creation he named Il Vittoriale
. To evoke this strange place where he lived, the exhibition presents paintings and sculptures by artists who surrounded D'Annunzio
, art objects, precious manuscripts, stage settings, posters and clothes from the stunning wardrobe of this original aesthete.
Curator Annamaria Andreoli, president of the Vittoriale degli Italiani