Lithuanian Foreign Minister opens the Louvre’s first-ever exhibition in Lithuania

06 September 2013, Last updated at, 20:27 EEST
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Lithuanian and French Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 6 September opened an exhibition “Antoine Watteau and the Art of French Engraving” at Vilnius picture gallery. This is an exceptional first-ever exhibition of the Louvre Museum in Lithuania and the Central and Northern Europe region.

“The Lithuanian people, the people of the country that is now holding the Presidency of the EU Council, have a possibility to see the exhibition of the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum. This is a symbolic coincidence, which, I know, required a lot of joint effort of the Louvre, the Lithuanian Art Museum, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Culture, and the Rothschild Foundation. I also know that there was a lot of good-will that can move the mountains. And so we have come here today,”L.Linkevičius said.
The exhibition features over 90 works by Antoine Watteau, one of the most famous French artists. The exhibition of engravings after his drawings and paintings reveals the artist’s creativity and originality, his influence upon European art. Most of the engravings come from a collection containing nearly 40,000 works which was bequeathed to the Louvre by Baron Edmond de Rothschild in 1935.

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