His Majesty

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPrior to the XVII century portraits like this one were rare; but if we consider the claim that a seated figure always represented authority, we may wonder why an iconography of such importance and universality had been so neglected, was it because this position was traditionally reserved for Christ in majesty? For sure, this is not the Last Judgement. Here the Sun King doesn’t judge: His posture is not frontal. But in the XVII century we need all of his body, for body is established as a semiotic field, where meaning is generated through a binary system of details that flow from top to bottom: the crown — the helmet, the cuirass — the lace, the sword — the cane, the high heels — the lion claws: Louis XIV is a fashionista to the tips of his mustachios; yet, to return to the first problem, some things we’ll never know, for what did exactly la Grande Mademoiselle have in mind when she said that he was God?

About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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