Patrons, Collectors, Philanthropists. From the Medici to the Rothschilds
Francesco Hayez, La fuga di Bianca Capello da Venezia, 1853-1854. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie © 2022. Courtesy by Scala, Firenze/bpk, Bildagen tur fuer Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin.


Gallerie d’Italia
Piazza della Scala, 6, 20121 Milano MI


18 Nov 2022 - 26 Mar 2023




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Patrons, Collectors, Philanthropists. From the Medici to the Rothschilds

The exhibition features more than 120 works from different periods from prestigious international museums such as the National Gallery in London, Musée du Louvre in Paris, Albertina in Vienna, Staatliche Museen in Berlin, and The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. On display are authors such as Verrocchio, Michelangelo, Bronzino, Caravaggio, Gherardo delle Notti, Valentin de Boulogne Antoon Van Dyck, Angelika Kauffmann, Francesco Hayez, and an unpublished work by Giorgio Morandi.

From Cosimo and Lorenzo de’ Medici to the Rothschilds, many of the greatest patrons, collectors, and philanthropists of all time were great bankers who wished to consecrate their social ascendancy by competing with the aristocracy and sovereigns in protecting and encouraging artists, including by purchasing their works. Some of these collections have been dispersed, others have found their way into museums, and finally others, which have come down to us, are still owned by the heirs of those who made them.

The exhibition can be an opportunity for original insights and a reconsideration over the centuries of this phenomenon through the analysis of figures who have made an incisive mark on the history of collecting and taste, such as Cosimo and Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Giustiniani and Torlonia families, Enrico Mylius, and, in the Central European area, Moritz von Fries, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Wagener, Nathaniel Mayer Rothschild, and in America John Pierpont Morgan.

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