The exhibition will take place at the QuirinalPalace, in the prestigious Salone dei Corazzieri. It will consist of 27 masterpieces, each one coming from an EU Member State, witnessing the history of cultural progress that – since the classical age and thanks to the fundamental contribution of each country – has contributed to the development of European civilisation.
The exhibition illustrates the richness and uniqueness of the European cultural heritage and, in this sense, is the first Europe-wide collection.
On 23rd March the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, will attend the opening ceremony, in the presence of other eminent Italian and European personalities.
The exhibition will be open to the public from 24th March until 13th May 2007. Free entrance.
Among the masterpieces: “The Thinker” by Rodin, the “Portrait of a man with blue-green eyes” (also called “Young Englishman”) by Tiziano, a kore from the Acropolis Museum, the “Lying woman” by Schiele, the “Portrait of Jakob Muffel” by Dürer, “The arrival of Louis-Philippe at Portsmouth” by Turner and “View of the Villa Medici Gardens” by Velázquez.