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He showed himself to be much more relaxed and independent in the Santa Maria della Salute (p. 28), the most beautiful domed church in Venice, which, due to its position at the entrance of the Grand Canal became one of the most monumental landmarks of that city. In 1630 the Signoria and the Doge of Venice pledged a church to the Madonna if she would end the plague that had been raging throughout the city since the start of the year. This plague had already cost the city a third of its population.

They attempted to mirror the growing might of the Kingdom in a mostly festive increase in magnificence whose means consisted of following a similar path to the Italian art of the Baroque. This period of new development began under Louis XIII. The development then reached its apex in the long seventy-year reign of Louis XIV, whose autocratic manner also forced art and artists under its rule. Eventually even great spirits bowed to his will and set their whole force to work, in the execution of which the will of the ruler was mightier and more important than their own.

Besides his activities as a doctor, Perrault was also a philologist and art theoretician. He translated Vitruvius’ Ten Books on Architecture and published a system of column arrangement that was the standard for many years. However, an original French style of building was created by the most important architect of the seventeenth century, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, who, already at almost 30 years of age, was named as Court Architect by the King and who combined the most effective decorative forms of the Baroque style with the structural strength of classicism.

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