From March 9 to June 6 2011, Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (Clemenceau entrance), present the exhibition Nature and the ideal: landscape in Rome, 1600 - 1650 (Nature et idéal : le paysage à Rome, 1600 - 1650).
The exhibition focuses in the period of art history when landscape painting becames a theme on its own. Before a decorative element of Naturalism in Northern Europe, it's in the Rome of the first half of the 17th century that the theme assumes an important role, namely with the development of landscapes in the neo-Venitian style in Rome between 1620 and 1630; the popularity of the Bamboccianti's painted genre scenes; the success of topographic landscapes and architectural caprices; and finally the outstanding ability to capture light and atmospheric effects.
Renowned artists participate in cycles of paintings in the European courts while huge paintings commissioned for Buen Retiro palace in Madrid attest its prestige within the aristocratic collections.
More than eighty paintings and some thirty drawings from the Louvre and the Prado as well as many public and private collections, representative of the history of landscape painting in the first half of the 17th century, are shown in the "Nature and the ideal: landscape in Rome, 1600 - 1650" exhibition divided into five sections: I - Annibale Carracci, Paul Bril and Adam Elsheimer in Rome; II – Changes in Bolognese landscapes: the presence of classical culture; III – Changes in Northern landscapes: the diversification of Flemish culture and types of landscape; IV – The early years of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin; V – The great landscapes of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin.
Between the names present in the exhibition are those of Annibale Carracci, Adam Elsheimer, Pieter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Paul Bril, Claude Lorrain, Domenico Zampieri, Jean Lemaire, Nicolas Poussin, Gaspard Dughet, Francesco Albani and Giovanni Lanfranco.
The exhibition is organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, the Musée du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado (where it will be show from 28 June to 25 September 2011).
Stéphane Loire, chief curator of the Painting department of the Musée du Louvre is the responsible for the curatorship at Les Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, while the exhibition in Madrid will be curated by Andrés Ubeda de los Cobos, chief curator of Italian and French painting at the Museo Nacional del Prado.
Francesca Cappelletti, art historian professor in the Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Patrizia Cavazzini, Research fellow in The British School at Rome and Silvia Ginzburg, associated art historian professor in the Università di Roma Tre are the scientific curators.
Marc Vallet is responsible for the exhibition's design.
"Nature et idéal : le paysage à Rome, 1600 - 1650" can be visited every day, except Tuesdays, from 10a.m. to 8 p.m., late night on Wednesdays until 10 p.m. between March 9th and June 6th, 2011. It will be closed on May 1st.