Dans les collections de la BnF (In the BnF’s collections)
Mantegna graveur (Mantegna’s prints)
Virgin and child
BnF, Department of Prints and Photography
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours
18, place Francis Sicard
from June 30, 2017 to October 2, 2017 Hors les mursKnown as one of the most famous painters of his time, Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) was also one of the first Italian Renaissance artists to appropriate printing as a real mode of artistic expression. Admired by his peers among whom Albrecht Dürer, his prints emerge as masterpieces from the beginning of copperplate in Italy. The pieces on display – eight prints from the BnF’s Department of Prints and Photography – show the outstanding importance and quality of the engraved work realized by this famous artist. They are in close connection with the collections of the musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours where two painted panels, real masterpieces by the Italian master, have been housed since 1806.
On its historical site located rue de Richelieu in Paris, the BnF will open a museum in 2020 to present an anthology of its heritage wealth which is also the wealth of the French nation.
Monday, July 10, 2017