Les Borgia et leur temps

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Amid all the internecine slaughter and incestuous sex, the Borgias occasionally took time out to commission some art. Given that chroniclers of the family, from Victor Hugo to Tom Fontana (creator of the hit Canal+ show 'Borgia'), tend to hone in on their less salubrious pursuits, it's easy to forget that the Renaissance statesmen patronised some of the most important artists of the time, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and Bellini among them. The age of blood and scandal was also an era of scientific inquiry, overseas conquests and artistic prosperity, and the Borgias stood at its vanguard. It is around them and their time that the Musée Maillol themes its latest exhibition.

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