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April 2014
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«Sky Under the Roof, Drawings for Parisian Ceilings in the Grand Siècle» at the Louvre, Paris.

Louvre, Anonymous, ceiling project with quadratura

Ceiling decoration underwent a profound transformation in the 17th century.

The shift from flat ceilings to vaulted ones inspired artists to develop innovative treatments that played with compartmentalizing space, alternating layers of illusion, and organizing narrative, ornamental and emblematic registers. Through 80 drawings and prints from the museum’s holdings and several Parisian collections, the exhibition presents the formal evolution of civil decoration in the French capital over the course of the century, and takes a look at four major undertakings: the Hôtel Lambert, the Mazarin palace, and the Louvre and Tuileries palaces under Louis XIV.
Until May 19.

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