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A collection of Renaissance masterpieces, many of which have never been seen outside of Italy, is on display in Paris in an exhibition described as a rare and unusual event, The Guardian reported.The paintings, sculptures and bronzes are in one of Venice's most beautiful but little-visited museums, the Ca'd'Oro, which has been closed for renovation.

The star of the Paris exhibition is the 15th-century painting Saint Sebastian by early Renaissance artist Andrea Mantegna, the last work of the master who never left northern Italy, as well as paintings by Tintoretto and Titian.

Until now, 70 works have been in permanent exhibition at Ca'd'Oro as part of a collection bequeathed to the Italian state by art enthusiast Giorgio Franquetti.

Mantegna, born about 1431 near Padua, depicted St. Sebastian three times. The work on display in Paris, known as St. Sebastian of Venice, was his last masterpiece and was in his studio at the time of his death in 1506.

The exhibition also features works by Tintoretto, Titian, as well as Pisanello, Alessandro Vittoria, Bartolomeo Bellano and Andrea Riccio from the Ca' d'Oro collection.

Ca' d'Oro, also known as Palazzo Santa Sofia or golden house, is a late Gothic palace located on the Grand Canal. Its collection was assembled in the early 20th century by Baron Franchetti, the last owner of the palace, who bequeathed it along with his collection to the Italian state after his death in 1916.

The exhibition Ca' d'Oro: Renaissance Masterpieces in Venice takes place in Paris at the Hotel de la Marine and runs until March 26, 2023.

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