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SERPENTI - 75 years of infinite tales

From 17 February to 16 April 2023

The museum proposes a tour through sixteen paintings related to the themes and references that define the uniqueness of the brand: femininity, sensuality, luxury or charisma are concepts that you will see clearly represented in a series of paintings that extends from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. In addition, the set of works hides several snakes in its landscapes, scenery or even in the signature of the author. Will you be able to find them? 

Second Floor

Beginning of the tour through the 13th to 18th centuries

Plano planta segunda Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Diptych with symbols of the Virgin and Redeeming Christ: Christ with the Cross as Redemptor Mundi (Right wing). Díptico con símbolos de la Virgen María y Cristo Redentor: Cristo en la Cruz como Redentor del mundo (ala derecha), c. 1410

Anonymous German Artist active in Westphalia

Diptych with symbols of the Virgin and Redeeming Christ: Christ with the Cross as Redemptor Mundi (Right wing)

Room 2 

This panel is one of the richest examples of the museum's collection for its infinity of symbology in such a small space, where the snake can not miss. The snake’s symbolism is as rich as Bulgari’s infinite reinterpretations of its most powerful icon. Get to know the work


Portrait of Giovanna Tornabuoni. Retrato de Giovanna Tornabuoni, 1489-1490

Domenico Ghirlandaio (Domenico Bigordi)

Portrait of Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni

Room 5

Domenico Ghirlandaio, as a painter and goldsmith, valued intricate details and opulent elements in his work, creating a luxurious and high-end aesthetic. These same values are evident in Bulgari’s quest to create visually striking jewels. Get to know the work


The Love Letter. La carta amorosa, c. 1570

François Clouet

The Love  Letter

Room 6

Charismatic femininity, one of the key concepts behind Serpenti, is represented in the sixteenth century with voluptuous bodies, intense gaze and a fair and pure complexion as opposed to their companions. Get to know the work


Portrait of a Young Woman Known as "La Bella". Retrato de una mujer joven llamada "La Bella", c. 1518-20

Palma Vecchio (Jacopo Negretti)

Portrait of a Young Woman Known as "La Bella"

Room 7

Sensuality, volume and color define the quality of this work. Similarly, Bulgari plays with round contours and striking chromatic combinations to define its distinctive style. Get to know the work


Adam and Eve. Adán y Eva, 1531

Hans Baldung Grien

Adam and Eve

Room 9

Since time immemorial, the powerful symbolism of the snake fascinates humankind and is a source of inspiration for artists and for Bulgari as well.  Get to know the work


The Nymph at the Fountain. La ninfa de la fuente, c. 1530-1534

Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Nymph at the Fountain

Room 9

The richness of lush nature is one of the sources of inspiration for the Serpenti collection. Get to know the work


Adam and Eve. Adán y Eva, c. 1507-1508

Jan Gossaert

Adam and Eve

Room 10

The snake has been present in the history of mankind since its origins and has been inspiring Bulgari for 75 years with countless variations of unbridled creativity.  Get to know the work


Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Santa Catalina de Alejandría, c. 1598

Caravaggio (Michelangelo Merisi)

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

Room 12

Light and volume are the two pillars in Caravaggio's paintings, the same with which Bulgari also conceives the jewels to glorify the perfect beauty of gems. Get to know the work


Venus and Cupid. Venus y Cupido, c. 1606-1611

Peter Paul Rubens

Venus and Cupid

Room 19

The pearl bracelet and the ring on the left pinky define Venus: the Roman goddess of beauty. Bulgari sees the artistic and archeological imagery of Rome as an inexhaustible source of inspiration to craft timeless beauty.  Get to know the work

St. Michael expelling Lucifer and the Rebel Angels. San Miguel expulsando a Lucifer y a los ángeles rebeldes, c. 1622

Peter Paul Rubens (workshop of)

St. Michael expelling Lucifer and the Rebel Angels

Room 19

In this work the snake symbolizes the darkest and most mysterious side of the animal, which never leaves indifferent. The same magnetism that permeates the animalier variants of Serpenti.  Get to know the work

View of the Ruins of Olinda, Brazil. Vista de las ruinas de Olinda, Brasil, 1665

Frans Jansz. Post

View of the Ruins of Olinda, Brazil

Room 26

A work of art where the exoticism of the snake takes center stage unexpectedly, just as Serpenti was born with the soul of an icon. Get to know the work


Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin. Retrato de una mujer como una Vestal, década de 1780

Angelica Kauffmann

Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin

Room 29

In this work, the artist Angelica Kaufmann depicts the sacrifice offered to the Roman goddess Minerva. The serpent as a symbol of wisdom appears with an exquisite sinuosity that is reflected in Bulgari´s Serpenti.  Get to know the work


First Floor

And it moves forward in time to the 20th century

Plano planta primera Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland. Retrato de Millicent, duquesa de Sutherland, 1904

John Singer Sargent

Portrait of Millicent, Duchess of Sutherland

Room 32

Millicent emerges from nature like a Belle Epoque goddess. Elegant and majestic, she stands as a symbol of the independent woman... The attitude of the Serpenti woman. Get to know the work

Fränzi in front of Carved Chair, 1910

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Fränzi in front of Carved Chair

Room 35

This work by the German painter Ernst Ludwig Kirchner reveals the power of colour as a vehicle of expression. The simple, primitive forms combined with the arbitrary use of colour represent a metamorphosis towards a new artistic language. Such a visual energy evokes as well the incessant metamorphosis of Serpenti, a tale where every end inspires a new evolution. Get to know the work

Quappi in Pink Jumper. Quappi con suéter rosa, 1932-1934

Max Beckmann

Quappi in Pink Jumper

Room 45

The young woman poses elegantly and sophisticatedly in her pink jumper and turban, which she buys herself in Berlin. This is one of many portraits in which the artist depicts his wife as an example of the modern woman. In the last 75 years Bulgari Serpenti has been their faithful ally, evolving side by side with charismatic women who own their magnetic charm and who are responsible of their self-determination. Get to know the work

Woman in Bath. Mujer en el baño, 1963

Roy Lichtenstein

Woman in Bath

Room 55

This work represents the classic theme of the woman in the bath through the innovative pictorial language of pop art. Roy Lichtenstein, using the aesthetics of the comic strip, presents us with this sensual heroine of the 20th century. A self confident woman, as in Bulgari´s inspiration form SerpentiGet to know the work