Let the impressionists make a lasting impression on you.
Tucked under the well-known Vittorio Emanuele Monument or Vittoriano (Alter of the Fatherland) is the current impressionist exhibition, Tête-à-tête. With over sixty impressionist portraits by some of the greats: Manet, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas and many more, this show, on loan from the Musée d’Orsay does not disappoint.
Your journey begins by making your way up a winding marble staircase and entering the first room of the exhibit. A documentary playing on the wall guides you through the history of the impressionist movement, and to the left, a timeline illustrates each of the artist’s career. Artifacts dating back to the early 19th century including pamphlets from original exhibitions, notes, and sketches, can be found hanging beside the work of certain artists.
The second room is filled with self-portraits done by the greats themselves: Edgar Degas, Léon Bonnat, and Paul Cézanne. While they gaze at you, you might ask yourself what the mindset of each artist was during this period of time.
Travel up another staircase and you’ll step into a spacious room decorated with a mix of large and small impressionistic paintings and various statues. The center of the room is nonexistent and looks down into the last, and final room. Full of history and inspiring talent, this is one of the few spaces where all of the “masters” of impressionism culminate in this profound exhibition. One could spend hours in this room exploring and discovering the beauty of impressionism.
To exit the exhibition you’ll go through a room dedicated to Modernism, the artistic movement that marked the end of Impressionism. Beautiful portraits of everyday people and aristocrats decorate the walls.
You’ll leave the exhibit influenced, inspired, but most of all, impressed.
This exhibition will be in Rome until February 7, 2016.
Complesso del Vittoriano
Monday through Thursday: 9.30am – 7.30pm
Friday and Saturday: 9.30am – 11.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 8.30pm
€ 12 (regular); € 9.00 (reduced)
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