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Item Number: 132635
Title: Os Saboias : reis e mecenas : Turim 1730 - 1750
Author: Henriques, Ana de Castro (ed)
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ISBN: 9789722723237
Description: Lisboa: Nacional de Arte Antiga, 2014. 26cm., pbk., 230pp. illus., most in color (Bellotto, Juvarra, Crosato, Piffetti, Giaquinto, Solimena et al). Exhibition catalogue. Portuguese text. Summary: This exhibition brings together over a hundred works from the main royal residences of the city and region of Turin, the seat of the House of Savoy, including the Palazzo Madama and the Galleria Sabauda (the art gallery of the Royal Palace), which were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997. One of the oldest European sovereign families - Counts of Savoy since 1003 and Dukes of Savoy since 1416 - the Savoys dominated a vast strategic territory, with its capital in Chambéry. This afforded them control of the overland links between Italy, France, Switzerland and Austria, the origin of their political and economic fortune, which was also cultivated in an efficient network of relations with other dynasties, including Portugal. The period from 1730-1750 saw the creation of a cosmopolitan court art, centred around the new capital of Turin and the Savoy's royal residences. Living and working together in the region at that time was a remarkable cluster of the best artists from Italy and Europe, some of whom were also brought to Lisbon by Dom João V to work on the renovation of the city.

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