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Paintings

The Primitives

Giovanni di Franco, La Chasse (détail), vers 1450-1460, tempera sur bois
© Giovanni di Franco, La Chasse (détail), vers 1450-1460, tempera sur bois

The notions of the Middle Ages or the Renaissance are very different for Italy and for France.

Signs of the Renaissance in the arts appeared in Italy as early as the 15th century, sometimes even earlier. We use the term Primitives when discussing a piece with a gold background in which the representation of holy events, landscapes and architectures is more symbolic than realistic.
 


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Primitives

The museum's collection does not allow for an exhaustive view of the Italian, French or Spanish Schools of 14th and 15th century painting. It does however include exemplary, unique works. For example, a crucifix by Lorenzo Monaco, a great 14th century Florentine...


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