Posts tagged louis xiv
Posts tagged louis xiv
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Louis XIV - The Construction of a Political Image
Under Louis XIV, art was officially organised to serve the Prince’s glory and became an instrument of power. A philosophy of sovereignty was developed using arguments taken from ancient history and an idea of government inspired by Machiavelli.
A portrait of Louise-Françoise de Bourbon, the daughter of Louis XIV and Madame de Montespan, as Cleopatra by François de Troy (1645-1730).
image: (C) RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Daniel Arnaudet / Gérard Blot
… [Marie Antoinette’s essays as a child reveal what the Abbe de Vermond] had suspected, that she was not without natural judgement.
At the end of an essay on Louis XIV in which she described an operation performed on the King without his son’s knowledge, she writes: “In my opinion I find that the Dauphin must have suffered cruelly in finding himself so disdained, and I think I would do all in my power to gain the friendship and esteem of everybody so that no one would ever want to hide such accidents from me.”
Her teacher’s comment was: “Her essays show some penetration and a good deal of sense.”
—Marie Antoinette by Dorothy Moulton Mayer
Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette, an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Many of the objects in the exhibition have never been shown in the United States and indeed, several have never left France, including some of the most exquisite treasures of the French monarchy from the time of Louis XIV until the Revolution of 1789. Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette is a dazzling illustration of the story of French royal patronage, displayed for the first time in the United States in this exclusive presentation.
100 recipes inspired by the “Great Century” to get a taste of dishes at the source of our cuisine 400 years after they were created.
The cookbook is available in French and English from the online shop.
Gastronomy was an essential part of life at the Court of Versailles. The royal tables were lavishly set under the different kings, helping to assert royal power. The reign of Louis XIV saw the development of a lavish, refined cuisine bearing the seeds of modern gastronomy.
The dishes in this book are based on recipes developed in the 17th century by great chefs: La Varenne (Le Cuisinier françois, Le Pâtissier françois), Pierre de Lune (Le Cuisinier, Le Nouveau et parfait cuisinier) and Massialot (Le Cuisinier roïal et bourgeois, L’Escole parfaite des Officiers de bouche). The ingredients and cooking methods have been adapted to contemporary products and utensils in order to make the recipes easy to prepare.
To whet your appetite, the following pages unveil the mouth-watering secrets of three dishes: asparagus omelette, braised chicken and pear pie.
via the Chateau de Versailles:
Restoration of the Latona Fountain
In November 2012, the restoration of the Latona Fountain will begin, thanks to a major partnership, with Fondation Philanthropia announce for the preservation of cultural heritage and the transmission of skills and expertise.
The Latona Fountain, with its marble tiers, rich lead and sculpted marble decoration, and intricate water features, is probably the most famous mast erpiece in the gardens of Versailles. Located in the centre of the east -west Grand Perspect ive, it marks the st art of the Royal Walk leading to the Apollo Fountain. It is the lynch pin of the hydraulic system of the park of Versailles: the water collected in its underground galleries supplies the other fountains of the park.
Today, over three centuries after it was built, its restoration has become imperative. Work is urgently needed on its infrast ructure, hydraulics and sculpted decorations. The deterioration, notably of the rimstones, has affected the overall stability of the structure and the waterproofing of the basin. The sculptures and the marble features are in a state of grave disrepair. The internal and external hydraulic system has also suffered a great deal of damage, and this has contributed to the current malfunctioning of the garden’s overall hydraulic system.
The work, which will begin in early November 2012 and run for 16 months, will be carried out in accordance with ancient techniques by numerous artisans, master craftsmen and engineers. In parallel, an educational exhibition will be organized to inform the general public and showcase the techniques and skills of the period.
Paintings from "The Last Walk of Louis XIV," a series of paintings by Alexandre Benois which contrast the fraily of the aged king with the vastness of Versailles.
Archaeology in Versailles: Queen’s Grove (Labyrinth of Louis XIV)
In 2008, the archaeological probes made in the Queen’s Grove revealed traces of the former Labyrinth of Louis XIV. Archaeological probes were carried out in June and July 2008 in the Queen’s Grove. Their aim was to find the remains of the Labyrinth buried under the surface of the grove’s soil. Read more.