France: Salzburg’s Geste Baroque at the Louvre

Source: FSSPX News

Triumph of Immaculate, Johann Michael Rottmayr (1697).

The show Geste baroque—Collections de Salzbourg [Baroque epic—collections of Salzburg] displays 80 works of art, drawings, paintings and sculptures in the Aile Denon at the Louvre. The show was organized in partnership with the Salzburg Museum, and presents works lent by the museums of Salzburg, St. Peter’s Abbey and ecclesiastical institutions, who invite viewers to improve their knowledge and understanding of the Baroque period in Salzburg, in Austria and in Bavaria at the time of the Counter-Reformation.

In response the Protestant Reformation brought about by Luther and Calvin, the Catholic Church produced the Counter-Reformation, and the council of Trent (1545 – 1563) raised up a veritable spiritual renewal throughout the entire West. The arts were put to work to demonstrate the glories of the Catholic Faith, and from thence was the birth of the Baroque.

Under the leadership of Regina Kaltenbrunner, head curator at the Salzburg Museum, and Xavier Salmon, general curator of Heritage at the Louvre, the institutions responsible for the exhibition, Geste baroque recalls the history of the city of Salzburg, closely bound up with that of St. Peter’s Abbey, founded by St. Rupert (660 – 718). Raised in the late 8th century to the dignity of an archbishopric, and then established as an ecclesiastical princedom, Salzburg benefited from an exceptional wave of creativity in religious art in the 17th and 18th centuries under the rule of its Prince Archbishops. Known thereafter as the Rome of the North, the city maintained its rich heritage of Baroque art, profoundly marked by the Catholic Church: the cathedral, the churches, statues, frescoes, altar pieces, etc.

Until January 16, 2017. Museum of the Louvre, Aile Denon. Every day from 9 am to 6 pm, except Tuesdays. Evenings Wednesday and Friday until 10 am. Entry: 15 €.

(Source: Louvre – DICI no. 346, 09/12/16)

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