Category Archives: Semiotic Codes at Versailles

The Procession of Pierre Séguier.

Of all the paintings by Le Brun, this one is really worthy of praise. To appreciate the work, we do not need a homoerotic fantasy in which an old pervert surrounds himself with handsome youths; and although I have no … Continue reading

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Semiotic Codes of Versailles

I have already discussed some of the semiotic codes of Versailles — fans and birthmarks; and in the context of a painting by Antonine Watteau, Cousin, I have mentioned the language of flowers. Today I would like to illustrate how … Continue reading

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Marie-Antoinette For Mass Consumption

In the late XVIII century it could take you eight hours to travel from Versailles to Paris. To Marie-Antoinette belongs the record of thirty-five minutes, sparing no horse or carriage. During one of those night rides the carriage did break … Continue reading

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Defining Yourself at the Court of Versailles

 Perhaps today’s detectives do not stare as intently into the suspect’s eyes…. But the eyes are still the mirror of the soul! I suppose the bumps on my head do not inerest them either. What about the shape of my ears? And… don’t they want to take a … Continue reading

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A Secret Language: Fanning at Versailles

You never open your fan in the presence of the king: the fan talk is reserved for anyone but him! Some of the fan signs would still be valid; for example, try yawning behind the fan, doesn’t it show that the … Continue reading

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