Piedmontese Baroque


The first of the Piedmontese styles to be studied and imitated across Europe, Piedmontese Baroque involves all the arts, from major to minor, and stands as a superlative artistic testimony, withstanding comparison to Paris and Rome. Guarino Guarini modified Borromini’s plasticism, using mathematical models, and incorporated it in façades and domes (San Lorenzo, Holy Shroud). The true author, however, was the Sicilian Filippo Juvarra, who became a subject of Victor Amadeus II and interpreted the king’s cultural and artistic ambitions. Superga and Vicoforte are monuments on a par with the Savoy palaces, but works on a smaller scale, like Vittone’s chapel at Valinotto and Alfieri’s Carignano Cathedral, also interpret the figurative dynamism of Baroque art.

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