A true exhibition at the Louvre-Atlanta

1/4/08 - -Exhibition — Atlanta, High Museum of Art — The works which accompanied the first exhibitions at the Louvre-Atlanta (Kings as Collectors and Kings’ Drawings) were generally mediocre. We must admit, however, that the one currently on display, which we have not seen but for which we recently consulted the catalogue, is a true scientific exhibition. A result of the research carried out by three curators from the Louvre [1], it allows specialists to reconstitute part of the antiquities collection assembled by Josephine at Malmaison. Many pieces, previously sold, had been bought back by Charles X for the Louvre. Although the objects featured here do not fall under the chronological limits of , they are essential for a history of taste in the early XIXth century.

The seven-month period of the exhibition is still too long but does not deprive the Louvre of essential works. It will then be shown at the Chateau de Malmaison and the catalogue will be published in French.

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Didier Rykner, mardi 1er avril 2008


[1] Martine Denoyelle, Sophie Descamps-Lequime, in collaboration with Marc Etienne, The Eye of Josephine. The Antiquities Collection of the Empress in the Musée du Louvre, Atlanta, 2007. ISBN : 978-1-932543-18-6.

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