See Italy and Die. Photography and Painting in 19th-Century Italy

Friedrich NerlyVenice, moonlight on the Piazza San Marco© Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hanover
The "Grand Tour" did not disappear at the end of the French Age of Enlightenment, nor with the emergence of aesthetic models other than those from Italy. Its popularity with artists and ordinary tourists was such that, even after 1850, there was a considerable boom, promoted by advances in communications and in photography.

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.


Design: 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

7 April - 19 July 2009
Musée d'Orsay

Exhibition hall

Admission with the exhibition ticket


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