Although the Musée Maillol was founded in order to honor the works of French artist Aristide Maillol (1861 – 1944), today it has grown to become so much more. In March 2014, the museum will house some of the most prestigious jewels of Naples. In fact, in an exhibition entitled “The Treasure of Naples,” the Musée Maillol will present one of the biggest jewelry collections in the world.
Running from March 19 until July 20, 2014, “The Treasure of Naples” offers the most beautiful jewels of Saint Januarius. The Museum of the Treasure of Saint Januarius is known as a place where extraordinary works, donated by royalty, popes and other prominent figures have been collected throughout the centuries. In 1527, the Treasure was established in the city of Naples and it still exists today.
Here, one can discover the necklace of Saint Januarius, an assemblage of dozens of jewels offered by Marie-Antoinette’s sister, Charles V of Bourbon and several others. Huge silver statues and pieces covered in thousands of diamonds are also present in the sacred Italian chapel that is now a museum.
Remarkably, the Museum of the Treasure of Saint Januarius has allowed the Musée Maillol to borrow its precious collection so that it can be displayed in Paris for several months. This will represent the first time that these jewels have ever been seen in France, making it an excellent opportunity for those who happen to be in the City of Light during the exhibition.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier are conveniently located in the center of Paris, so getting to the Musée Maillol in the 7th arrondissement is a breeze. Therefore, they can see something that can normally only be seen in Naples, Italy.