In the Light of the Greats of the Italian Renaissance

For its fourth edition, the Carrières de Lumières festival invites Renaissance Italian painters to exhibit on its white limestone walls. It’s a unique opportunity to participate in a sensory journey to the heart of the history of art.
By Mélissa Darré

For the last three years the old quarries in Les Baux-de-Provence have been dressing themselves in works by masters of painting, projected on their walls. After a tribute to Klimt in 2014, it’s the turn of the Greats of the Italian Renaissance to take possession of this gallery, as unusual as it is monumental. Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are among the famous guests of this unique multimedia show.

"The audience is invited to wander freely in the space while all around them [...] a poetic story unfolds in tribute to the greatest names in painting," explains Bruno Monnier, president of Culturespaces and responsible for the exhibition. Famous works such as the Mona Lisa are thus digitized and projected on the walls of the old quarries, animated by the rhythms of an original soundtrack.

Acclaimed by over a million visitors over the first three editions, these sound and light shows are the result of the transformation of this magical place, nestled in the heart of the Alpilles. A transformation imagined by Jean Cocteau in the 60s, whereby the quarries abandoned their original function to become an art space, in which it’s such a pleasure "to be overwhelmed by emotion."

Carrières de Lumières
Route de Maillane
13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
Tel: +33 (0)4 90 54 47 37
www.carrieres-lumieres.com

In the Light of the Greats of the Italian Renaissance
In the Light of the Greats of the Italian Renaissance
For its fourth edition, the Carrières de Lumières festival invites Renaissance Italian painters to exhibit on its white limestone walls
© C. Michel
A sensory journey to the heart of the history of art
A sensory journey to the heart of the history of art
Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael are among the famous guests of this unique multimedia show
© Mélissa Darré
A favorite art space
A favorite art space

A transformation imagined by Jean Cocteau in the 60s, whereby the quarries abandoned their original function 

© Mélissa Darré
A hit show
A hit show
Acclaimed by over a million visitors over the first three editions, these shows are the result of the transformation of this magical place
© C. Michel

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