Gems of Impressionism

Paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington
23/10/2013 - 23/02/2014
Museo dell'Ara Pacis,
New exhibition space Ara Pacis

Rome is the only European city to host for the first time an exhibition of the masterpieces of the Impressionist and Post Impressionist collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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The exhibition Gems of Impressionism. Paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington was born from the collaboration of two great institutions, Roma Capitale - Department of Culture, Creativity and Artistic Promotion, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

Towards the end of the 19220s, the American banker, businessman, industrialist,  Andrew W. Mellon, started what would become one of the most important art collections in the world, with the ambition to embrace the best of European art from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century. After his death in 1937, his offspring (Paul and Ailsa) carried on his legacy, cultivating the same passion of his father, enriching what is now known as the Mellon Collection, which is kept as a result of a donation, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

French artists in general and the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in particular, have always had a great importance in the Mellon collection, not surprisingly it includes some of the most precious masterpieces of the period. The New exhibition space Ara Pacis will host artworks by arists such as Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Boudin, Pissarro, Bonnard, Toulose-Lautrec, Cezanne, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Seurat.

The exhibition proposes a focus on the works of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection. A unique exhibition of its kind, and made possible thanks to the loan of 68 artworks, with the intent to present not just an exhibition of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters, but one that aims to present a different and exclusive point of view, that of a private art collection, with works purchased according to the personal and intimate taste of the collector, but with the communicative power that only the great masterpieces possess.


Museo dell'Ara Pacis
, New exhibition space Ara Pacis
Opening hours

23 October 2013 - 23 February 2014
Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00-19.00
24 and 31 December: 9.00-14.00
Last admission 1 hour before closing time
Closed: Monday, 25 December 2013 and 1 January 2014

Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday, February 23, for the last weekend of the exhibition "Gems of Impressionism", special late night opening until 23.00 (last admission 22.00).

Entrance ticket

Combined Ticket (Ara Pacis museum + "Gems of Impressionism" exhibition):
- Adults: € 16.00;
- Concessions: € 12.00;
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID):
  - Adults: € 15,00;
  - Concessions: € 11,00;
Exhibition only Ticket (entrance from Via di Ripetta):
 - Adults: € 10,00;
  - Concessions: € 8,00;
  - School groups: € 4,00 (free admission for one accompanying teacher per group of 10 students);
 - Family: € 22,00 (2 adults and children under 18 years of age);

Audio guide in Italian and English:
- € 4,00 (exhibition only);
- € 6,00 (exhibition + museum);
During the exhibition, Antenna International has created an audio guided tour of the exhibition, in combination with a visit to the Museum's permanent collection.

 - Young people up to 26 years
 - Adults over 65 years
 - Teachers
 - Journalists with press card (professionals, practitioners, freelance)
 - police and military officers
 - RomaPass card-holders (3rd entrance onwards)
 - ATAClub Members 

Free admission:
 - Children up to 6 years
 - European Union disabled visitors and a carer
 - European Union Tourist Guides
 - Tourist interpreters from the European Union
 - Members of ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM, Accademia dei Lincei, Istituto Studi Romani, Amici dei Musei di RomaICOMOS,
 - RomaPass card-holders (1st and 2nd entrance)


Museum only:
- Adults:  € 8,50;
- Concessions: € 6,50;
Roman Citizens only (by showing a valid ID):
 - Adults: € 7,50;
 - Concessions: € 5,50;

Ticket Terms and Conditions


Tel. +39 060608 (daily, h. 9.00 - 21.00)

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Other information

The exhibition is promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Cultura, Creatività e  Promozione Artistica - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, National Gallery of Art di Washington and Zètema Progetto Cultura;

Italian catalogue: De Luca editori d’Arte;  
Edited by: Isabella Colucci, Renato Miracco and Federica Pirani;

Exhibition concept and her selection of works: Mary Morton - curator and head of the department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art;

Scientific and technical coordination for the Sovrintendenza Capitolina: Federica Pirani;

Civic Museums Sponsors: Acea; Banche Tesoriere di Roma Capitale: BNL– Gruppo BNP Paribas, Unicredit, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Finmeccanica, Lottomatica, Vodafone;

Security Service: Travis.

Web site
Zètema Progetto Cultura
With technical contributions from

Atac; La Repubblica



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