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The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750
May 21 – October 9, 2000
West Building, Ground Floor, Central Gallery, GC-2, GC-3, GC-5, GC-7, and GC-9; Main Floor Lobbies A and B, West Garden Court, and West Sculpture Hall

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 27 architectural models created for civic, military, and commercial structures, churches, royal palaces, private residences, and other buildings, together with related drawings, paintings, medals, and sculpture maquettes were presented in this exhibition that explored the baroque style in European architecture during the 17th and 18th centuries. Included were models for several Roman fountains, among them Gian Lorenzo Bernini's project for the Four Rivers Fountain (c. 1650) in the Piazza Navona. Several models, including that for the Smol'ny convent in Saint Petersburg (1750-1756) by Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli, illustrated the adaptation of the baroque style in Russia.

An audio tour of the exhibition was narrated by Henry A. Millon.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille. Henry A. Millon, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, coordinated the exhibition with the collaboration of Guy Cogeval, director of The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Paolo Viti, director of cultural affairs at Palazzo Grassi, and Marie-Paule Vial, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille.

Sponsor: EduCap Inc. sponsored the exhibition. Additional support was provided by Juliet and Lee Folger/The Folger Fund. Early support for research and educational programs was provided by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Attendance: 526,050

Catalog: The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750, edited by Henry A. Millon. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 1999.

Brochure: The Triumph of the Baroque: Architecture in Europe 1600-1750, by Mari Griffith with Christine Challingsworth. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2000.

Other Venues: Palazzina di Caccia, Stupinigi, Turin, July 3–November 7, 1999
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, December 9, 1999–April 9, 2000
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, November 17, 2000–March 4, 2001

Image: Sir Peter Paul Rubens, The Meeting of Abraham and Melchizedek, c. 1626, oil on panel, Gift of Syma Busiel, 1958.4.1

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