Category Archives: Louis XIV

Louis XIV at the Haunted Palace

I’ve talked a little about ghosts and a lot about perfumes; but I have never mentioned how closely the two happen to be related: it goes back to 1654 and even earlier, so this is a Paris-Versailles, or rather Louvre-Versailles … Continue reading

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The First Queen of Versailles

From a very early age and in spite of an ongoing bloody war between her country and that of her future husband, Marie-Thérèse never doubted her destiny as the Queen of France. She was a little short, a little plump, … Continue reading

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A Horse, a H….

This equestrian statue of Louis XV used to decorate la Place Louis XV — what today is known as la Place de la Concorde. The statue fell one of the first victims of the French Revolution. The small replica I … Continue reading

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Port-Royal

Port-Royal, the stronghold of Jansenism. Jansenism? In France, it was a response to the Reformation within the bounds of the Church. Jansenism was outlawed by Louis XIV. The nuns of Port-Royal were kicked out of their convent. During the years of … Continue reading

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Cameo Augustus as Apollo

Octavian, Augustus Caesar, had a private cult of Apollo, which meant a few privileged persons could have in their possession a piece of jewelry like this, no doubt a mark of prestige, showing a certain level of trust, for the … Continue reading

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The Second Body of the King

They say that this portrait of Louis XIV is inspired by a more famous portrait painted by Rigaud. The obvious difference is that here the painter, under the pressure of common sense, decided to abandon those prancing legs of a … Continue reading

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His Majesty

Prior 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 … Continue reading

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