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A Taste for the Renaissance: a dialogue between collections

Past exhibition

Discover the exceptional inventiveness and virtuosity of Renaissance art in the new exhibition of the Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine.

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  • Gives access to the salons d'apparat and the loggia of the Hôtel de la Marine

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The Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine presents A Taste for the Renaissance: a dialogue between collections, the latest in its biannual series of temporary exhibitions.

The second in a series of three exhibitions held in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary innovation, skill and craftsmanship of Renaissance art and explores its enduring appeal to collectors through the ages. 

Presenting masterpieces from the collections of the museum alongside those of The Al Thani Collection, the exhibition highlights the complex interconnections of the Renaissance world, a golden age of exploration and discovery which witnessed an exchange of materials and ideas across both Europe and distant lands. For the first time since its opening, all four galleries of The Al Thani Collection will be renewed. 

Coupled with a revived appreciation for the ideals of antiquity and aesthetics, wealthy patrons commissioned significant works of art which have since been prized by many of history's most notable collectors.

With more than 130 works of art on display, the exhibition comprises sculpture, metalwork, jewellery, glass, textiles, books, manuscripts, paintings, works on paper and exotica, many of which have never previously been shown in Paris. 

This includes works by Antico, Lucas Cranach the Younger, François Clouet, Vittore Crivelli, Donatello, Nicholas Hilliard, Hans Holbein the Younger and Leonardo da Vinci, together with treasures and objets d'art created for noble and royal patrons by many of the most accomplished artists of the period.


Exhibition curated by Dr Emma Edwards, Project Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum.


A Taste for the Renaissance: a dialogue between collections

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