THE ORIGINAL OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS/ 45,6 x 31,8 x 1 inches HAS BEEN SOLD. PRINTS AND CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE.
This is an impressionist contemporary painting representing one of the most beautiful and most important monuments in Lyon. This is part of a series of paintings from Lyon.
Hotel-Dieu de Lyon was a hospital of historical significance situated on the west bank of the Rhone river, on the "Presque-isle" (the Peninsula between the Saone and Rhone rivers which run through the city center). It has been out of use since 2010. First erected in medieval times, the building originally served as the "Confrerie des freres pontifes" (est. 1184), a pontifical meeting-place and refuge for both traveling and local members of the clergy. However, when the first doctor Maitre Martin Conras was hired in 1454, 'Hotel-Dieu' became a fully functional hospital, one of the most important in France. As Lyon was a city known for its trade and seasonal fairs, many of the early patients were weary travelers of foreign descent.
In 1532, 'Hotel-Dieu' appointed former Franciscan/Benedictine monk-turned-doctor and great Humanist Francois Rabelais, who would write his Gargantua and Pantagruel during his tenure here. Renaissance poetess Louise Labe lived just beyond the western limits of the building.
Massive expansion projects in the 17th century by Ducellet (under Louis XIII and Richelieu) and in the 18th century by Soufflot (under Louis XIV and Colbert) replaced the original building with the grandiose wings and courts we know today. In fact, at its greatest point, the hospital extended from its present position beyond Bellecour to engulf the area now occupied by the central post office. (source: Wikipedia)
November 16th, 2013
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