Category Archives: Madame de Montespan

The Versailles Stairs

In “The Three Musketeers” the stairs of the Hotel de Tréville thrive with action. We know that at Versailles they are the traffic highways frequently subject to jams. We can imagine this space rife with possibilities, for the interstices are … Continue reading

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Was the Sun King Afraid of Water?

“Essa puta me va a matar!” Marie-Thérèse of Austria, being a quintessential Latino woman, treated the issue with an unusual for Versailles directness. Madame de Montespan commanded a whole wing of the palace — the space shared by all the … Continue reading

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The Portrait of Debauchery

Jokes like that are illegal, but someone brought here a ladder and risked a hefty fine to tell me to turn left; so, I did and then continued to the end of the street where I saw an antique store … Continue reading

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Versailles Aphrodisiacs

Madame Maintenon thought that Mademoiselle de Blois was spoiled rotten: the girl smoke and swore and set off fire-crackers under the windows of her father-in-law. She was a child of the double adultery which I have already discussed: the king … Continue reading

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The King’s Favorite

These days at the Big Trianon you can see this portrait of Athenais de Montespan. Courtiers would avoid to be anywhere near the widows of her apartment when the king was there with her, for she was renown for her sharp tongue. … Continue reading

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The Wife of the Green Ape

This is a portrait of Louis XIV’s favorite daughter, nick-named Mademoiselle de Nantes. The year is 1710 and Louise Françoise chose to put on this Panda bear costume on the occasion of her husband’s death. Yes, she was a widow of … Continue reading

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Taking a Bath with Madame Montespan, Versailles Renaissance at the Turn of the Century

The turn of the century. Not this century, the last one. The interest in Versailles was provoked by the feeling of nostalgia radiating from the king of the Parisian dandies, Robert Montesquiou. This is the beginning of the aesthetic movement … Continue reading

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