Legacy of Napoleon’s artistic plunder on show in Rome

Italy have been gathered together in an exhibition in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of their restitution, and the unexpectedly positive legacy of the whole episode.

Museum” runs until March 12 at the Scuderie del Quirinale, an exhibition space created in what were once the stables of the Quirinale, a former papal and royal palace that is now the official residence of Italy‘s president.

Venice and was once hailed by Oscar Wilde as the finest painting in all of Italy.

Plunder to patrimony –

France from 1795-99 to make the country the dominant force in the Fine Arts, by making the Louvre home to a collection of the world’s best creations in every form.

artworks held in public buildings in Rome and around.

Italy‘s leading museums, including the Brera in Milan and the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.

Among the works which remained in France were paintings by one of Raphael’s teachers, Pietro Perugino.

Museum of Fine Arts in Caen, northwestern France.