Nature and the Ideal : Landscape in Rome1600-1650
This was a crucial moment in Art history when the landscape became a genre in its own right.
The history of landscape painting began in the first half of the 17th century in Rome. Until then, the landscape had not existed as a pictorial genre in its own right: originally regarded as a simple element of background decoration, little by little, it gained its independence to become the principal subject. Thereafter, it enjoyed considerable popularity in the Papal Palaces and collections of aristocrats. The greatest artists, from Annibale Carracci to Rubens, Le Lorrain and Poussin would contribute to the emergence of landscape painting with their various portrayals of nature: from idealised views of the Roman countryside to seascapes and scenes from antiquity.
The exhibition is organised by the RMN (Réunion des musées nationaux) and the Louvre and Prado Museums and brings together exceptional landscapes borrowed from prestigious collections from around the world: Italy, the United States, England, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands.