Current exhibition

A Taste for the Renaissance:
a dialogue between collections

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The Al Thani Collection at the Hôtel de la Marine presents A Taste for the Renaissance: a dialogue between collections, the latest in its biannual series of temporary exhibitions.

The second in a series of three exhibitions held in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, this exhibition celebrates the extraordinary innovation, skill and craftsmanship of Renaissance art and explores its enduring appeal to collectors through the ages.

Presenting masterpieces from the collections of the museum alongside those of The Al Thani Collection, the exhibition highlights the complex interconnections of the Renaissance world, a golden age of exploration and discovery which witnessed an exchange of materials and ideas across both Europe and distant lands. For the first time since its opening, all four galleries of The Al Thani Collection will be renewed.

Coupled with a revived appreciation for the ideals of antiquity and aesthetics, wealthy patrons commissioned significant works of art which have since been prized by many of history's most notable collectors.

With more than 130 works of art on display, the exhibition comprises sculpture, metalwork, jewellery, glass, textiles, books, manuscripts, paintings, works on paper and exotica, many of which have never previously been shown in Paris. This includes works by Antico, Lucas Cranach the Younger, François Clouet, Vittore Crivelli, Donatello, Nicholas Hilliard, Hans Holbein the Younger and Leonardo da Vinci, together with treasures and objets d'art created for noble and royal patrons by many of the most accomplished artists of the period.

The exhibition is organised by The Al Thani Collection Foundation and the Centre des Monuments Nationaux in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Exhibition curated by Dr Emma Edwards, Project Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum.

6 March - 30 June 2024
  • The Al Thani Collection - €13
  • Discover the temporary exhibition 'A Taste for the Renaissance: a dialogue between collections’ and masterpieces from The Al Thani Collection, as well as the state rooms and the loggia. - Duration: 1 hour
  • Combined tickets - €23
  • Visit the entire Hôtel de la Marine (The Intendant's apartments + The Al Thani Collection) - Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Exhibition highlights


Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as)

Mantua, c. 1484–90
Partially gilded bronze with silver inlay
33 × 18 x 10 cm
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The Heneage Jewel Portrait of Elizabeth I, Queen of England

Miniature (Nicholas Hilliard): watercolour and gouache on vellum

England, c.1595–1600
Enamelled gold, table-cut diamonds, Burmese rubies, rock crystal
7 × 5.1 cm
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The Arundel Zodiac

Intaglio: Italy, c. 1540; setting: Italy, c. 1540–50 and Netherlands (?), c. 1600–20
Cornelian, enamelled gold, diamonds, rubies
Intaglio: Diam. 4.3 cm; with setting: H. 11.6 cm
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Tazza: scenes from the lives of Tiberius

Southern Netherlands (probably Belgium), c. 1587–99
Silver gilt, embossed and chased with applied cast elements
42 × 37.5 × 37.5 cm
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Rock Crystal Cup: Neptune and Amphitrite

Giovanni Ambrogio Miseroni

Milan, 1585–1600
Rock crystal, enamelled gold
17.7 x 27.5 x 18.2 cm
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Portrait of Charles IX, King of France

François Clouet

France, c. 1561
Miniature: oil on slate, enamelled gold
H. 7.6 cm
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