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Versailles' Glorie

The elevation of LouisXIII hunting lodge outside Paris into the Palace of Versailles -the most magnificent of palaces- was done on the back of Nicholas Fouquet, Superintent of Finances, overstepping his position. See below for more on this talk covering who &what was involved in Versailles' creation

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Versailles' Glorie
Versailles' Glorie

Time & Location

Oct 13, 2023, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM GMT+1

Hybrid (online or in person), Quadrant Rd, Richmond TW9 1DH, UK


About the Event

In August 1661 Louis XIV attended a party given by his Superintent of Finances, Nicholas Fouquet.  Eager to impress the young King, Fouquet had built a house and garden at Vaux-le-Vicomte employing the architect Louis Le Veau, the garden designer Andre Le Notre and decorated by the artist Charles Le Brun which unified the disciplines and created the first perfect example of French classicism.  The result was the arrest of Fouquet and the elevation of Louis XIII hunting lodge outside Paris  into the Palace of Versailles using Fouquet's "dream team" and filled with magnificent objects, made in France which provided the backdrop for Court Ritual which spun around the Sun King.   

Artists mentioned: Charles Le Brun, Jean Nocret, Hyacinthe Rigaud.

Delivered by Hattie Bennett

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