Exhibition

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

From 07 April to July 19th, 2009 -
Musée d'Orsay
1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur 75007 Paris
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Friedrich Nerly-Venise, la place Saint Marc au clair de lune
Friedrich Nerly
Venise, la place Saint Marc au clair de lune, vers 1842
Hanovre, Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum
© Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum, Hanover / DR

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.

The exhibition is now over.

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