Triumphs of Baroque
Saint Isaac cathedral, Saint Petersbourg, 1768
Baroque architecture in Europe
As part of the "year
of the Baroque style" in Marseilles, the Old Charity chapel
hosts an exceptional exhibition entitled "Triumphs of Baroque".
Scale models coming
from a dozen of European countries underline the genius of artists
and architects as Brunelleschi with his dome of the Santa Maria
del Fiore in Florence.
Essential to convince the persons who
commissioned these extraordinary construction, the models were also
an outstanding mean of spreading the Baroque architecture from Italy
up to Sweden or Russia. The genius of Baroque artists as Pierre
of Crotona, Bernini or Borromini, is echoed through their different
places, religious edifices, theatres, gardens, mansions, civil or
The cities were opened to
creation as the Baroque monument was raised as a central and final
construction. Each country adopted but also adapted this style,
baroque and rococo, as London and its Saint Martin in the fields,
here in model. The models, genuine works of art, used as early as
the Roman Age and during the Middle Ages, met their golden period
during the Renaissance, and through to the Baroque period. They
were widely used, even for cities and other raised plans, as those
that can be seen in the Invalides museum in Paris.
exhibition also presents numerous paintings and drawings.
Translated by David Prouteau
(James Gibbs, Saint Martin in the fields, London,
1721; Franz-Almois Mayr, Marienberg church, closed to Reitenhaslach,
1760; Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, Smolny monastery, Saint Petersbourg,
Charity, 2, rue de la Charité, 2e, tel. 04 91 14 58 80
open every day except on Mondays.