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Double Emotion

Charles Le Brun catalogs facial expressions: he raises eye-brows, lowers corners of lips, wrinkles foreheads…; once the whole range is exhausted, he complicates things; his idea of complexity is double emotion: Here we can examine admiration and astonishment, for according … Continue reading

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The Invisible Hands

We are in the kitchen of Le Petit Trianon. This is where they cook Her Majesty’s food. I don’t know if you can see the marks on the cieling above the kitchen table, but there used to be a hole … Continue reading

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Four Corners, One Puzzle

Why do these four tragic couples decorate the four corners in the Salon of Venus? Theseus and Ariadne, she is still holding on to her threads, but you cannot win the man’s heart with favors, not even with sexual favors; so, … Continue reading

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Musical Chair — II

One of the ways to approach this piece of furniture is to see it in the context of its setting: a small octagonal building with eight glass doors overlooking a small pond; on the inside — cherubs floating in the clouds … Continue reading

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Can You Trust Your Wife?

When Marie-Therese, the Spanish wife of Louis XIV had died, the Sun King said the following famous words, “This is the first and only time she caused me any trouble.” And today walking through the Queen’s quarters I want to … Continue reading

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At the Feet of Alexander

There are two copies of this painting at Chateau Versailles, the first one in the Salon of Mars, the second in the Dinning Room. The first one is by Le Brun; the second by Testelin and it is better than the Le … Continue reading

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Staring At the Ceiling Of Chateau Versailles

When as a teenager Louis XV comes back to Versailles, he runs first through the park then through the palace. It is summer. Soon exhausted by the heat, the young king lies down on the parquet floor to stare at the ceiling decorated by the painters of his great-grandfather. The … Continue reading

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