|Renaissance from Paris to Florence|
The origin of this exhibition at Villa Bardini is the story of a famous antique dealer, Stefano Bardini, the wealthy and cultured French collectors Edouard André and his wife Nélie Jacquemart, but it is also the story of two museums: the Museo Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris and the Bardini Museum in Florence.
The Renaissance from Florence to Paris. Round trip is a title which suggests the contacts and exchange between the two cities thanks to these three extraordinary personalities.
Heir of a family of imperial aristocracy bankers, friend of Napoleon III, Edouard André left the army at first and then politics, with the aim of filling the magnificent palace commissioned in Paris on the exclusive Bd. Haussmann with artistic treasures.
Nélie Jacquemart was a painter, portraitist belonging to the high society. They both married at an advanced age and, thanks to her, Andrè fell in love with Italy and the masters of the Renaissance.
Starting from 1882 every year they made a trip to Florence, where they found that famous antique dealer Stefano Bardini was the ideal partner and expert and well-stocked agent, from which they bought hundreds of masterpieces of any kind, which make today’s Jacquemart-André Museum one of France’s splendours.
Nélie was widowed in 1894 and she continued to visit Florence and shop until she died in 1912, when she left the palace and collections to the State with the obligation to turn it into a public museum accessible to everyone. In fact, both she and her husband thought that art should be shared.
Stefano Bardini, for his part, stopped his business activities just prior to the First World War and then he devoted himself to his personal, very refined collection, which is the current Bardini Museum at Piazza dei Mozzi.
Located in a panoramic position overlooking the beautiful garden and the city, the Villa is the ideal venue for the exhibition of the Renaissance masterpieces of the great masters Botticelli, Donatello, Mantegna, Paolo Uccello, which come back to Florence from the Jacquemart-André Museum.
From the 6th to the 31st of December
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio 2
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Closed on Monday.
Free guided tours for groups on Saturday and Sunday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Info +39 055 20066206