Some of the most interesting, and most unique art exhibitions occur when two or more major players unite to collaborate on a vast project. Major galleries and organisations combine talents and resources for a never-before-seen spectacle of art. That is precisely what visitors of the Louvre can expect when they see A Dream of Italy: The Marquis Campana’s Collection.
Here the Musee du Louvre and the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg have united two halves of the famous Italian collection of the Marquis Campana.
This was the largest collection of Italian art in the 19th century, but the collection was broken up in 1861 following an embezzlement conviction. Half came to France via Napoleon III, the rest went to Russia via Tsar Alexander II. This winter, these key pieces of Italian art – paintings, sculptures and much more – will be reunited under the glass pyramid of the Louvre.
The exhibition starts on November 7th and closes on February 11th.