Cultural events

Dans les collections de la BnF (In the BnF’s collections)
Mantegna graveur (Mantegna’s prints)




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  • Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours
    18, place Francis Sicard
    37000 Tours

from June 30, 2017 to October 2, 2017 Hors les murs

Known 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.
This exhibition allows visitors to discover an extraordinary corpus of the BnF’s collections. Currently digitized, it will be soon available online via Gallica digital library. This event opens a partnership including three exhibitions between 2017 and 2019.The exhibition Mantegna graveur proposed at the musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours is organized in the framework of the operation « Dans les collections de la BnF », which aims to make the BnF’s collections better known to a large public. Each year, the BnF presents one of its ‘treasures’ or a selection of works in four or five heritage institutions in the provinces; it is the opportunity to share its rich heritage collections with a wider audience. These works are selected for their symbolic value, their connections with a specific event or with the local collections; the programme « Dans les collections de la BnF » is also an opportunity to develop partnerships with other institutions throughout the country in the scientific and educational fields.

The BnF has been collecting and preserving the French written and artistic heritage for several centuries. Its rich and diverse collections cover all fields of knowledge and artistic heritage: richly illuminated manuscripts, photographs and prints, maps and plans, coins and medals, Antiquity masterpieces, precious books, audiovisual treasures, costumes, scores…

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