The nostalgia inextricably linked with the land of Virgil, and the attraction of its still remaining sights encouraged many more images to be produced. The exhibition sets these out around a number of recurrent themes and fantasies which circulated from one medium to another: archaeological and ancient remains, major cultural sites of Europe and the resilience of the ancient world amongst the present day population.
It is Italy of our heart's desire, that no-one ever really leaves.
CuratorsDesign: Guy Cogeval, President of the Musée d'Orsay and Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, chief curator, Staatsmuseum, Munich.
Curators: Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann, chief curator, Staatsmuseum, Munich, Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay, Joëlle Bolloch, archivist, Musée d'Orsay