Besançon au siècle des Lumières : le retour à l’antique

The second half of the 18th century saw the development of a new artistic and literary movement in Europe based on the return to the purity of classical antique art in 1738 and Pompeii in 1748 as a reaction to Rococo art.
The great archaeological discoveries of Herculaneum in 1738 and Pompeii in 1748, the writings of Johann Winckelmann (1717-1768) and the influence of the philosophers of the Enlightenment led European artists to renew their architectural and pictorial vocabulary.
The architects of Bisonne, buoyed by a period of economic stability favourable to the development of urban construction, became the interpreters of this new artistic trend.
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Besançon au siècle des Lumières : le retour à l'antique
52 Grande rue Hôtel de Ville
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Opening periods and special opening conditions / Covid-19

  • 5pm: Monday 13 June 3 p.m.: Saturdays 23 July, 27 August, 24 September, 22 October
from 08/27/2022 to 10/22/2022


  • In the town centre


  • Cultural activities


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