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Masterpieces from the Borghese Gallery

From September 6, 2024 to January 5, 2025

For its first exhibition after more than one year of renovation work, the Musée Jacquemart- André will present around forty masterpieces from Rome’s famous Borghese Gallery. This exceptional partnership between the two institutions will give the public a unique opportunity to admire in Paris an ensemble of major works by famous artists from the Renaissance and Baroque periods rarely loaned outside Italy, from Caravaggio to Rubens, along with works by Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, Veronese, Antonello da Messina, and Bernini.

The Villa Borghese Pinciana, which now houses the Borghese Gallery, was built between 1607 and 1616 by the powerful Cardinal Scipione Borghese (1577–1633), a nephew of Pope Paul V (1550–1621). Drawing his inspiration from the luxurious Roman villas, Scipione wished to use the palace surrounded by gardens for exhibiting his collections of antique works and contemporary paintings and sculptures, evoking a new golden age. Possessed of great taste in art, an insatiable curiosity, and an extraordinary ability to identify the masterpieces amongst the works of his time, Scipione Borghese completed his collection by every possible means, legal or otherwise.
He thus became one of the leading and most prominent collectors and patrons in the history of the art of his time, turning the Villa Borghese into a veritable museum before museums even existed. In accordance with his last wishes, all his collections and properties were passed down from one generation to the next without being dispersed for almost two hundred years, and the Borghese heirs continued to enrich the family’s heritage. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, several hundred antique sculptures were nevertheless given to Napoleon Bonaparte by his brother-in-law, Prince Camille Borghese (1775-1832); they were gradually replaced by new acquisitions. The Borghese family eventually sold the villa and its museum to the Italian State in 1902. The Borghese Gallery remains a symbol of Rome’s economic, cultural, and artistic prosperity in the modern age, and, as such, a must-see destination for visitors of the Eternal City.

Thanks to the partnership between the Musée Jacquemart-André and the Borghese Gallery—in the context of a campaign of renovation work on the museum in Rome in the autumn of 2024—, this exhibition will present a selection of exceptional works from this art collection, which is unique in the world. The public will, in particular, be able to (re)discover works by the masters of Italian art from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries (Raphael, Antonello da Messina, Parmesan, Lorenzo Lotto, Titian, Veronese, Caravaggio, Bernini, etc.) and Nordic painters who stayed in Italy (Rubens, Gerrit van Honthorst, etc.). The exhibition will also pay tribute to painters with whom the general public are less familiar, such as Annibale Carracci, Guido Reni, Cavaliere D’Arpino, and Jacopo Bassano. The presentation of the works in the exhibition will shed light both on the history of the collection and the meaning of the major themes explored by the artists. The exhibition will be complemented by a catalogue, a reference work in French about the collection of ‘modern’ paintings in the Borghese Gallery. The Musée Jacquemart-André endeavours to highlight collectors who have left their mark on the history of art, like the couple Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart.

They compiled a rich collection of Italian paintings, sculptures, and furniture from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century, making the Musée Jacquemart-André one of the leading French institutions devoted to Italian art. Hence, the masterpieces collected by the Borghese family will be particularly well taken care of in this Italian museum in the heart of Paris.

 With the support of Generali, exhibition sponsor

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The team


Dr. Francesca Cappelletti is the Director of the Borghese Gallery in Rome. A specialist in Italian Baroque art, and particularly the Caravaggesque movement, she contributed to the rediscovery of Caravaggio’s The Taking of Christ (now in Dublin) at the beginning of the 1990s. Between 2014 and 2018, she was vice-president of the Supreme Council for Cultural Affairs in the Italian Ministry of Culture. Before becoming Director of the Villa Borghese in 2020, she was professor of the history of Renaissance art at the University of Ferrara. Francesca Cappelletti has curated many exhibitions, including ‘Nature et Idéal. Le paysage à Rome, 1600-1650’ (Grand Palais, Paris, and the Museo del Prado, Madrid, 2011), ‘Les Bas-fonds du Baroque’ (Villa Medici, Rome, and the Petit Palais, Paris, 2014), ‘Caravage à Rome, amis et ennemis’ (Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, 2018), and ‘Georges de la Tour. L’Europa della luce’ (Palazzo Reale, Milan, 2020).

Pierre Curie is a museum curator. Specialising in seventeenth-century Italian and Spanish painting, he has also studied French nineteenth-century painting in the Musée du Petit Palais, where he began his career as a curator. Subsequently in charge of painting in the Inventaire Général, he co-wrote and compiled the work Vocabulaire Typologique et Technique de la Peinture et du Dessin (published in 2009). Appointed head of the painting section in the restoration department of the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France in 2007, he has coordinated several major painting restoration projects in French national museums (Léonard de Vinci, Titian, Rembrandt, Poussin, etc.). Pierre Curie has been the curator of the Musée Jacquemart- André since January 2016 and co-curator of its exhibitions.

Production and organisation

Emmanuelle Lussiez, Director of Exhibitions at Culturespaces
Milly Passigli, Assistant Director of Exhibition Programming
Léa Duval, Exhibitions Registrar at the Musée Jacquemart-André
Bernadette Roux, Exhibitions Manager at the Musée Jacquemart-André
Livia Lérès and Domitille Sechet, responsible for iconography at Culturespaces


Hubert le Gall, French sculptor, designer and scenographer.


From September 6, 2024 to January 5, 2025

Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open in the evening on Friday until 10 p.m. during exhibition periods.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.