De Giotto à Caravaggio, Roberto Longhi makes you experience your passions

From March 27 to July 20, 2015



The Jacquemart André Museum hosts several big names from fourteenth to seventeenth century Italian painting, as highlighted by artists such as Roberto Longhi: Giotto, Masaccio, Masolino, Piero della Francesca, Ribera, Caravaggio.

The Boy Bitten by a Lizard (Le Caravage - 1594)
The Boy Bitten by a Lizard (Le Caravage - 1594)


A famous historian of Italian art, Roberto Longhi was born the Italian city of Alba in 1890. In 1911, he moved to Turin, where he studied alongside famous art historian Pietro Toesca, whom he admired. Roberto Longhi was one of the most brilliant students in his classes along with Federico Zeri and Ernst Kitzinger. It was at this time that he published his thesis on Caravaggio. Later, in 1952, he published a monograph of the painter.

Between 1920 and 1922, he traveled all over Europe, visiting many museums, churches, and private collections in France, Spain, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia and Hungary. In 1934, he began his career as a professor of medieval art and modern art at the University of Bologna where he fascinated his students with lectures on the Trecento and Quattrocento.


The exhibition thus presents the big names of Italian painting from the fourteenth to seventeenth century, as rediscovered by Roberto Longhi: Giotto, Masaccio, Masolino, Piero della Francesca, Ribera, and Caravaggio - to name a few of the leading artists that will be highlighted. The works of the Roberto Longhi Foundation (Florence) will be presented for the first time in France alongside other works loaned by major French and Italian museums, hopefully to inspire a new dialogue between great connoisseurs and their artistic passions.


An exhibition that opens with a section devoted to the works of Caravaggio, including the famous Boy Bitten by a Lizard of from Roberto Longhi Foundation. Caravaggio revolutionized Italian painting in the seventeenth century through a naturalistic painting technique inspired by a painting marked by chiaroscuro. In addition to the Boy Bitten by a Lizard, two other works by Caravaggio are exceptionally well-known: The Crowning with Thorns and Sleeping Cupid. In keeping with the approach of Roberto Longhi, the exhibition will highlight the works of Caravaggio and his followers, showing the influence of the themes and style he had on his contemporaries initially in Rome before expanding throughout all of Europe. Carlo Saraceni (circa 1579-1620) and Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622) helped to popularize the themes worked on by Caravaggio - figures of Christ and biblical scenes. Two generations resume these issues on their own: Jusepe Ribera (1591-1652) through its striking apostles, Matthias Stomer (1600 - 1652) and Mattia Preti (1613-1699)


During his research, Roberto Longhi was also interested in primitive art, as established by artists of the early fourteenth century (Giotto), and fifteenth century with the origin of modern painting (Masaccio, Masolino, Piero della Francesca). Some of these masterpieces have been loaned for the exhibition by the Uffizi Gallery and the Palatine Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museums and the Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. The exhibition traces some of the key moments of Italian art thanks to the lights made by Roberto Longhi, the masters of the vanguard of the Italian Renaissance until Caravaggio came along.


The General Curator of the exhibition is Professor Mina Gregori, a former student of Roberto Longhi, art historian and specialist on Caravaggio. She is president of the Roberto Longhi Foundation for the History of Art Study (Florence).


The Deputy Commissioner of the exhibition is Professor Maria Cristina Bandera. She is the scientific director of the Roberto Longhi Foundation for the Study of History of Art (Florence).


The Exhibition Curator is Nicolas Sainte Fare Garnot. Mr. Nicolas Sainte Fare Garnot has been curator of the Musée Jacquemart-André (Paris) since 1993.




Musée Jacquemart André - 158 boulevard Haussmann - 75008 Paris

Tel. : 01 45 62 11 59

Metro: Lines 9 and 13, St. Augustine stations, Miromesnil or Saint-Philippe du Roule

Bus: Lines 22, 43, 52, 54, 28, 80, 83, 84, 93

Car: Parking Haussmann-Berri, at the foot of the museum, open 24/24

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The Museum is located 400m from the Arc de Triomphe, 5 minutes from the Champs Elysées and the department stores.


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Translation: Matt Gosset

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