The Universal Museum: From Napoleon’s Dream to Canova

The Universal Museum: From Napoleon's Dream to Canova
Piero di Giovanni detto Lorenzo Monaco, Herod's Banquet , 1387-1388 ca.

A major exhibition recounting the fantastic recovery of Italy’s masterpieces from France

Napoleon’s ascent to power at the turn of the 19th-century included plundering Italy’s artistic patrimony, seizing countless paintings, sculptures, and more from private collections and churches. The stolen art was bound for a “universal museum,” known today as the Louvre. By 1861, the bulk of the works were returned to their homeland, with the majority re-homed in museums in Rome, Bologna, Venice, and Milan.

An impressive selection of the repatriated art, featuring masterpieces by Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto, Canova, Perugino, and others, are on display at the Scuderie del Quirinale’s exhibit The Universal Museum: From Napoleon’s Dream to Canova, on through March 12th.

The Universal Museum: From Napoleon's Dream to Canova
Raffaello. Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de Medici and Luigi de Rossi
The Universal Museum: From Napoleon's Dream to Canova
Paolo Caliari detto Paolo Veronese, Lamentation Over the Dead Christ, 1548 ca.
The Universal Museum: From Napoleon's Dream to Canova
Guido Reni, The Massacre of the Innocents, 1611

Till March 12th

Scuderie del Quirinale

Via XXIV Maggio, 16

Sun-Thurs 10:00am-8:00pm

Fri & Sat 10:00am-10:30pm

Entry Fee: € 12.00, reduced € 9.50

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