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The taste of the Renaissance, a dialogue between collections at the Hotel de la Marine, Paris 8th

As part of its programming, at the rate of two temporary exhibitions per year, the Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine offers the exhibition “The Renaissance in Majesty. A Conversation Between Treasures.”

The second exhibition in a trilogy organized in partnership with the Victoria and Albert Museum, it celebrates the extraordinary ingenuity and virtuosity of Renaissance art while exploring the enduring appeal it has had for centuries on art lovers. 'art.

Date: March 6 to June 30, 2024

Desire: Renaissance, sculptures, goldwork, glassware, textiles, manuscripts, paintings

Hotel de la Marine
Hotel de la Marine

Bringing together masterpieces from the prestigious London museum and the Al Thani Collection, this exhibition highlights the links between the various regions of the world during the Renaissance era, an era marked by travel and exchange so much in Europe than in distant lands. For the first time since its opening, the presentation of the four rooms of the Al Thani Collection is completely renewed.

In this context of intellectual and aesthetic effervescence, the heritage of Antiquity finds new vitality. Generous patrons then commissioned major works of art, which would subsequently become the pride of the most illustrious collectors of all time.

This exceptional exhibition brings together more than 130 works, offering a varied panorama including sculptures, goldwork, jewelry, glassware, textiles, books, manuscripts, paintings, drawings and exotic objects, many of which have never been exhibited in Paris before.

Visitors will have the privilege of admiring pieces signed by masters such as Antico, Lucas Cranach the Younger, François Clouet, Vittore Crivelli, Donatello, Nicholas Hilliard, Hans Holbein the Younger and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as objects from art of rare beauty commissioned from the most talented artists of the time by patrons from royal families or the high aristocracy.

The Hôtel de la Marine in Paris, an architectural gem steeped in history, located on the famous Place de la Concorde, in the heart of the French capital.

Built in the 18th century under the direction of architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, this emblematic building embodies the elegance and refinement of classical French architecture of the time.

Originally, the Hôtel de la Marine was the headquarters of the French Royal Navy administration, responsible for overseeing the kingdom's naval affairs. Its strategic location opposite the Tuileries Gardens, as well as its proximity to the Seine, made it a central location for the management of fleets and maritime activities.

The building is distinguished by its majestic facade, decorated with Corinthian columns and detailed sculptures, testifying to the exceptional know-how of the artisans of the time. The interiors are equally sumptuous, with ornately decorated lounges, frescoed ceilings and beautifully appointed reception rooms.

Over the centuries, the Hôtel de la Marine has witnessed many major historical events. It notably served as headquarters for the Navy during the French Revolution, then was the headquarters of the Ministry of the Navy under the Empire and the Restoration.

More recently, the Hôtel de la Marine was restored and renovated to host cultural exhibitions and prestigious events. Its reopening to the public as a cultural venue marks a new era for this iconic building, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about its fascinating history and admire its remarkable architecture.

Date: March 6 to June 30, 2024

Desire: Renaissance, sculptures, goldwork, glassware, textiles, manuscripts, paintings


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