At Le Quadrilatère, the exhibition is based around large-format paintings in a dialogue with a contemporary scenography. The pictorial themes such as religious painting, icons of virtue, allegory, têtes d’expression and the portraits of men shed light on the artistic specificities of the centres of baroque.
Italian Hours offers a unique insight into public collections of Italian paintings conserved in the museums and churches of Picardy. Inspired by Henry James (1843-1916), this operation borrows its title from a compilation in which the author describes the monuments and the artists of the Italian peninsula with both fascination and pertinence.
With a presentation across four different towns - Amiens, Chantilly, Beauvais et Compiègne – of the centres of artistic creation, from Turin to Naples and from the 14th to the 18th century, Italian Hours offers a double invitation for a voyage through time and space. Two hundred and thirty-six paintings loaned by eleven museums and eleven churches will allow viewers to appreciate the size and the quality of the collections in Picardy via use of a chronological pathways through the different works.
A voyage in Italian art via four key highlights
The Italian Hours exhibition has been recognised as being of national interest by the Ministry of Culture and Communication/General Direction of Heritage/French Museums Service. It has benefitted from exceptional financial support from the state.
NATURALISM AND THE BAROQUE (17th Century) BEAUVAIS, MUDO-MUSÉE DE L’OISE & LE QUADRILATÈRE | 27th APRIL – 17th September
17th-century Italian painting is widely represented in Beauvais. MUDO-Musée de l’Oise and Le Quadrilatère offer an exhibition of more than 80 paintings, shared between the two sites. The public has an opportunity to take a walk through the Italian peninsula, exploring the Seicento schools, from Bologna to Naples.
MUDO presents the influence of Caravaggio on the artists of the period via paintings of landscapes and historical scenes and underlines the importance of the artist’s dramaturgy with the spectacular settings he depicts.
The exhibition is aimed at the entirety of the general public. It will run alongside a cultural programme, innovative educational operations and places emphasis on an experience which promotes sensitivity to the various works of art. An exceptional invitation to rediscover an artistic heritage in relation to contemporary creation.
The exhibition can be viewed every day from 11am to 6pm (except Tuesdays) at MUDO-Musée de l'Oise
The temporary exhibition rooms do not have disabled access. The permanent collections in the Palais Renaissance, however, do have disabled access.
The exhibition can be viewed from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm, on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm at Le Quadrilatère
Le Quadrilatère 22 rue Saint-Pierre 60000 Beauvais 03 44 15 67 00 Website
L'Objet d'Art Hors-série - Heures Italiennes, les expositions - En vente au prix de 9.50 €.