Courbet and Nature

Courbet and Nature


Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti


Prices (audio guide included) – Full price: euro 13.00 – Reduced price: euro 11.00 (from 6 to 18 years old, over 65s, university students, authorised categories) Groups (15+ visitors): 11.00 Euros (guide admitted free for every 20 paid admissions) – School groups: 5.00 Euros (two teachers admitted free per class) Free admission to children under 6, disabled people with a carer, journalists, tour guides with passes, ICOM members, military personnel in uniform.


from 2018-09-22
to 2019-01-06

Also open November 1st; December 8th, 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th

Provocateur, father of realism, and a man of complex personality, Courbet was also an excellent landscape painter for whom nature was his principal inspiration. It is not by chance than two thirds of his production consists of panoramas, scenes, glimpses, horizons, and rural landscapes, in which nature is the subject.

The exhibition will present about 50 works coming from some of the most important international museums and lead the visitor through an exciting itinerary: from the views of his native Franche-Comté painted in his youth, to the spectacular seascapes, often tempest tossed, to the mysterious grottos where springs bubble forth in Karst caves before widening into streams, from sensual nudes immersed in lush greenery to striking hunting scenes, up to the powerful masterpieces of his maturity.

Gifted with a rare sensitivity, his personal but realistic vision of the world brought him to profound innovations in painting. His works, which wavered between echoes of Romanticism and reflections of an Impressionism which was taking its first steps in those years, represented a sure model for Manet, Monet, Degas, and their circle. 

With Courbet and Nature, the Italian public can rediscover the works of one of the greatest painters of the 19th century, an artist who has left his mark indelibly on his era and pulled French art from the romantic dream to the raw painting of realism, and from this, to a new love for nature.

Curated by Vincent Pomarède, Dominique de Font-Réaulx, Isolde Pludermacher, Maria Luisa Pacelli and Barbara Guidi

Opening hours:
daily 9am - 7 pm (last ticket issued 30 min. before close)

Late Night Openings
31 October, 8 December, 4 and 5 January until 10.30pm;
31 December open until 11.30pm
(last ticket issued 30 min. before close)


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