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The Louvre was designed to house a great art collection for the people of France. Was there a plan from the outset to build a canon of work where the relationships between artists, their origins, their schools and faiths could be traced across centuries? And how did architect I.M.Pei persuade President Mitterrand to allow a pyramid to be built at the Louvre? The album goes on to explore how architecture can reflect relationships between different traditions. Two great buildings, Palladio’s church of the Redentore in Venice and Sinan’s Sokullu Mehmet Pasha mosque in Istanbul illustrate shared approaches to the purpose for which the spaces were designed. This material is taken from The Open University course A216 Art and its histories.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 20 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 9th February 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under History of Art
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Track 1: Art and architecture

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Art and architecture    A short introduction to this album. Play now Art and architecture
2 The pyramid at the Louvre    Architect, I M Pei, discusses the design brief for his pyramid entrance to the Louvre. Play now The pyramid at the Louvre
3 English Philistines, French Sophisticates    How a British King's art collection became a French King's art collection. Play now English Philistines, French Sophisticates
4 Subversive classicism    How French sculptor, Puget, nearly lost his head with his representation of Louis XIV. Play now Subversive classicism
5 Open museum    Pierre Rosenberg, Director of the Louvre, on the original idea that the museum must reflect art history and be open to everyone. Play now Open museum
6 Ruined Louvre    French artist, Hubert Robert's painting depicting a ruined Louvre. Play now Ruined Louvre
7 Unfinished business    Pierre Rosenberg, Director of the Louvre, discussing why the Louvre will never be finished. Play now Unfinished business
8 A tale of two temples    Palladio's church of the Redentore in Venice and Sinan's Sokullu Mehmet Pasha mosque in Istanbul are compared. Play now A tale of two temples
9 Public or private    Sinan's Sokullu Mehment Pasha mosque where all men would be equal before Allah. Play now Public or private
10 Very different innovators    The front and back of Palladio's church of the Redentore in Venice could be entirely different buildings. Play now Very different innovators
11 Bringing light into the mosque    The interior of Sinan's Sokollu Mehment Pasha mosque is filled with light thanks to its simple structure. Play now Bringing light into the mosque