From 14 September to 15 December 2012, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon offers all citizens and art lovers to become a patron of an extraordinary, Aretino and the Envoy of Charles V , painted by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1848.

Become a sponsor

This subscription is a first in Lyon. Usually worn by traditional players such as companies or major donors, this subscription provides an opportunity for all to participate in cultural life and the enrichment of public collections.
Each donor will be thanked by name in the museum and the site of the Museum of Fine Arts. It will have a privileged access to the work.


Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Aretino and the Envoy of Charles V , 1848
Oil on canvas, 41.5 x32, 5 cm.
The work is for sale at a price of € 750,000. The subscription is open for an amount of € 80 000. The remainder is funded by the City of Lyon, firms Club Musée Saint-Pierre, the individual members of Cerce Poussin and FRAM (Ministry of Culture, DRAC Rhône-Alpes).

History of the work

Rare opportunity on the art market, the acquisition of this important work will pay tribute to one of the most influential painter who left a strong mark on the creation of his contemporaries in Lyon. His entry into the collections Lyon will complete the series of paintings of the nineteenth century giving this artist a place in its proper perspective.
Aretino and the Envoy of Charles V illustrates an episode more or less legendary life of Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) said Aretino, famous Italian writer of the Renaissance. Located in Venice, he asserts himself as a free spirit and shiny, not hesitating to criticize kings and powerful. Emperor Charles V sent him here one of his messengers he submit a gold chain to buy his complacency. With insolence, the poet refuses replying that "this is a very thin gift for a great folly." Outraged by this insult, the imperial envoy puts his hand to the hilt of his sword.
In the background, two naked women observe the scene. The writer whose licentious life was celebrated seems to have been caught in the wrong time, adding a gallant character to the table.