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                                                                          is the Palace of the
Marquis of Dos Aguas, recently restored, and home to
the “González Martí” National Ceramics Museum.

Halfway through the 18th century, the arrival of a neo-
classical reaction was partly inspired by the force of
revolution against the old order. It heralded an academic
school which, despite declaring its elf faithful to the
classic orders, met halfway with the royal court’s already
rather baroque artistic tenets. The work of Vergara on the
main facade of the Cathedral is a good example of this.
The rococo was relegated to rural areas to promote “cult”
artistic production as with the lady chapel of the Church
of Our Lady of the Forsaken.

A careful tour of baroque Valencia will not only change
our concept of the “baroque”; it will expand our notion
to reach a very meaningful understanding of nuances
towards a special enlightenment, almost down to the level
of cultural roots to see Valencia as harmonically woven
to the vital, expressive, and illumining current of the
Universal Baroque.
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