Exhibition 2017: The Year of France-Colombia
Two Baroque Art Masterpieces from Bogotá at the Louvre
from September 20, 2017 to January 15, 2018
This exhibition was organized as part of France-Colombia 2017.
As part of France-Colombia 2017, the Musée du Louvre will be displaying two New Grenada art masterpieces (from the Viceroyalty of New Granada, 18th century): the monstrance from the church of San Ignacio in Bogotá and the statue of Saint Barbara.
In 1700, the priests of the Society of Jesus commissioned José de Galaz to create a monstrance for their church in San Ignacio. It took seven years for the liturgical masterpiece to be created; the finished piece is 80 cm tall and is made of almost 8 kilograms of gold and more than 1,700 precious stones. This opulence corresponds to the artistic tradition of religious metalwork, displaying the sacramental bread in the most luxurious fashion possible. The emeralds adorn the entire work in an intense green, giving the piece its nickname “La Lechuga,” meaning “the lettuce.”
Considered to be an exemplar of colonial New Granada art with its voluptuous forms, elegant posture, and fine craftsmanship, the Saint Barbara statue by Pedro Laboria is of exceptional significance; it greatly influenced artists, who took from it a lesson of virtuosity. Its physical presence, severity, and brutal statement continue to be a latent source of inspiration for contemporary artists. Arousing great devotion, Saint Barbara is depicted spiritually elevated in this moment of martyrdom. She is clothed in the colors of the Spanish crown, intended to underline and reinforce the nobility of the figure.
General Commissioner for Colombia: Fabián Sanabria, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.
General Commissioner for France: Anne Louyot.
Curators: Jannic Durand and Sophie Jugie, Musée du Louvre.
From Septembre 20, 2017 to January 15, 2018
Denon Wing, 1st floor, Murillo room
€15 (permanent collections + exhibitions)
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
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