Monday, April 20, 2009

Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence

Baroque 1620-1800: Style in the Age of Magnificence at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "...The magnificence and splendour of Baroque, one of the most opulent styles of the 17th and 18th centuries, is the subject of the V&A’s spring exhibition. The exhibition reflects the complexity and grandeur of the Baroque style, from the Rome of Borromini and Bernini to the magnificence of Louis XIV's Versailles and the lavishness of Baroque theatre and performance. On display are religious paintings by Rubens and Tiepolo while silver furniture, portraits, sculpture, a regal bed and court tapestries conjure up the rooms of a Baroque palace. The exhibition is the first to examine all the elements of the Baroque style and to show how, as European power spread, Baroque style reached other parts of the world, captured in objects such as a gilded Mexican altarpiece."


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