Built by Argentina-born French collector and Harvard-trained scholar, Georges Bemberg, the collections ranges from Venetian portraits and view paintings to masterworks of the German and French Renaissance. Organized by the Bemberg Foundation, based at the historic Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, the exhibition features over 75 works produced between about 1500 and 1800. Artists represented in the Foundation’s collection include the Venetian painters Tintoretto, Titian, Veronese, Canaletto, Tiepolo and Longhi; French artists Clouet, Nattier, Boucher, and Vigée-Lebrun; and Flemish and Dutch painters Brueghel, Van Goyen, and Van Dyck. Five Lucas Cranach paintings attest to Bemberg’s appreciation of this seminal figure of the German Renaissance.
The exhibition is divided into sections exploring themes of portraiture, landscape, mythology, and domestic environments (which is subdivided into “Outdoor Pursuits” and “Interiors and Intrigue”). Along the way, issues of perceived beauty, romance, realism, and faith are considered.
Featured at top right: Lucas Cranach the Elder, Portrait of Sibylle de Clève, Elector of Saxe (detail), 1531. Oil on panel. Collection from the Fondation Bemberg. © Fondation Bemberg and RMN.