Secret Impressionists

With its two hundred years of history, Palazzo Bonaparte, is among the most charming palaces of its times. The architect Giovanni Antonio De Rossi designed the palace for the Marquises of Asti. Until May 3, 2020, the elegant seventeenth-century building overlooking Piazza Venezia hosts “Secret Impressionists”, an exhibition dedicated to the masters of the art of Paris. Moreover, the exhibition is already a huge success. It was curated by Claire Durand – Ruel, a descendant of Paul Durand-Ruel and Marianne Mathieu. In particular, Durand is the scientific director of the Marmottan Museum in Paris.

Art on view at Palazzo Generali

Art on view at Palazzo Generali
Devant la psyche by Berthe Morisot, 1980

To celebrate the opening of the Palace over 50 works by artists will be exhibited. These include Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte, Morisot, Gonzalès, Gauguin, Signac, Van Rysselberghe and Cross. Generali Italia makes available to the city of Rome is a new Generali Valore Cultura space. In particular, the exhibit will be in the marvelous rooms on the main floor, where Maria Letizia Ramolino, mother of Napoleon Bonaparte lived.

Among the artworks on display, there are treasures the wider public is not familiar with. Some of them come from private collections rarely accessible and exceptionally granted for this exhibition. Palazzo Bonaparte opens for the first time its doors to true masterpieces of one of the most famous artistic movements: Impressionism.

“Secret Impressionists” sees the patronage of the French Embassy in Italy and the Lazio Region.

Secret Impressionists on view at Palazzo Generali 

The care of the exhibition is entrusted to two internationally renowned experts. Claire Durand-Ruel, descendant of Paul Durand-Ruel, scientific director of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris and Marianne Mathieu. In particular, the museum is home to the richest collections in the world by Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot.

The new museum complex in the capital, only takes the first steps of his artistic journey. In particular, this is the first of many exhibitions that will be hosted at Palazzo Bonaparte. Moreover, the institution features on the program also educational workshops for children, cultural events and special private events.

Secret Impressionists on view at Palazzo Generali
Camille Pissarro – Les grands hêtres à Varengeville, 1899

Above all, Palazzo Bonaparte is among the most sumptuous palaces in the capital. The original project dates back to the mid-1600s. The building combines Baroque and Renaissance lines on the facade. It is characterized by the famous loggia balcony, from which Letizia Bonaparte used to look out onto the square.

Among the artworks on display there is Devant la psyche (1890) by Berthe Morisot. The painting is part of the extraordinary Swiss collection of the Fondation Pierre Gianadda of Martigny. In particular, it is one of the many paintings that portray women in the toilet that the French painter made during her career.

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