A must-do on any trip we take to Paris is a trip to the musée Jacquemart-André. The lunches in the gorgeous ballroom enhance the enjoyment of any exhibition. This year, there’s a good one on until July 20, De Giotto à Caravage. The exhibit is based on works from the Roberto Longhi Foundation, on view for the first time in France, along with works from the top French and Italian museums. Longhi was a connoisseur of Italian Renaissance paintings, particularly works by Caravaggio. Works by the master are juxtaposed with those of his imitators.
Connaisseur (kon-ess-uhr) is the French spelling of connoisseur. It has its roots in the verb connaître, which means “to know.” Longhi’s connoisseurship has made this exhibit possible – which gives me a marvelous excuse to eat the wonderful desserts in the ballroom, in the interests of art, of course.