The Artistic Heritage of Modena: At the Origin of the Galleria Estense

Davide Gasparotto, Director, Galleria Estense, Modena, tells the story of Duke Francesco I d'Este and his family. A powerful family from Northern Italy who moved their seat of power to Modena, they were well-known art patrons whose collection formed the foundation of the Galleria Estense in Modena, Italy.

Recorded April 20, 2013

This program was part of the lecture series The Artistic Heritage of Modena, Italy: From the Court of Francesco I d'Este to the 2012 Earthquake, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Velázquez's Portrait of Duke Francesco I d'Este: A Masterpiece from the Galleria Estense, Modena, on view April 16–July 14, 2013.

The exhibition is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in collaboration with the Soprintendenza per i Beni Storici, Artistici ed Etnoantropologici di Modena e Reggio Emilia and the Galleria Estense.

Support is provided by the Consulate General of Italy in New York and Ferrero USA Inc. as part of the 2013 Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington with the support of the Corporate Ambassadors Eni and Intesa Sanpaolo.

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