Eni is the Mécène Principal (main sponsor) of the exhibition “Raphaël, les dernières années, une rétrospective exceptionnelle sur les années de maturité du maitre italien‘, at the Louvre in Paris from 11 October 2012 to 14 January 2013. The exhibition covers the artistic work of Raphael in Rome up to his death: altarpieces, devotional paintings, ceremonial portraits show the artist’s extraordinarily inventive spirit and embody his ideal of aesthetic and inner perfection.

The exhibition Raphael, les dernières années is part of a partnership agreement signed in 2009 between Eni and the Louvre, in which Eni is committed as Mécène Exceptionnel of the Museum for important initiatives to promote art both in Italy and in France, a country of great strategic importance for the company.

This is a rare opportunity to see works completed during the last seven years of the painter’s life and brought together in Paris thanks to the collaboration of the Museo Nacional del Prado, which holds a vast collection.

Also included are famous masterpieces like the Ecstasy of Santa Cecilia altarpiece from the Pinacoteca in Bologna or the Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione, from the Louvre  “the most beautiful blue eyes in art history‘ and a selection of works of the pupils and collaborators: from Giulio Romano (1499-1546) to Giovanni Francesco Penni (1488-1528), who, under the close supervision of the master, was actively involved in the completion of the last commissions. Raphael was not a solitary genius.

Exceptional works, such as the enigmatic Self-portrait with Giulio Romano, probably the last portrait painted by the master (Paris, Musée du Louvre), The Woman with the Veil (Florence, Galleria Palatina) and Portrait of Bindo Altoviti (Washington, National Gallery of Art) show the “modernity‘ and “psychological insight‘ of the Renaissance genius.

Eni renews its commitment as Mécène Principal (main sponsor) of major exhibitions at the Louvre, after the success in 2008 of “Mantegna (1431-1506), the first major retrospective in France dedicated to the work of the famous Italian artist, in 2009 Tiziano, Tintoretto, Veronese...rivalità a Venezia", and in 2010 L’Antichità sognata. Innovazioni e resistenze nel Settecento‘.

Thanks to this partnership last year saw the extraordinary exhibition in Milan, in the Sala Alessi of Palazzo Marino, of exposure extraordinary The Adoration of the Shepherds and the St. Joseph the Carpenter by Georges de La Tour: the two works were admired by more than 210,000 visitors. The masterpieces featured in previous exhibitions were the St. John the Baptist by Leonardo da Vinci (2009) and Woman in the Mirror by Titian (Tiziano) (2010).

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