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A Royal Passion: Louis XIV as Patron of Architecture Paperback – 28 Apr 1997


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New edition edition (28 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521586445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521586443
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 20.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,339,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Guyton S Register on 21 Oct 2002
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Louis XIV, king of France from the age of five in 1643 to his death in 1715, is fixed in our memories as the archetypal absolutist monarch, and the capital he created at Versailles continues to impress us as a defining expression of his ambitions. Until recently, non-specialist English-language readers seeking to learn more about the architecture of Versailles and the other buildings associated with Louis XIV have had to content themselves with extracting bits and pieces from general surveys of baroque architecture or from the highly compressed and now dated analysis offered by Anthony Blunt in Art and Architecture in France, 1500-1700 (4th ed., Harmondsworth, 1980). In 1986, Guy Walton responded to this need with his book, Louis XIV's Versailles (Chicago). Now, Robert W. Berger, familiar to scholars in the field for his specialized studies on Versailles, the Louvre, and the architect Antoine Le Pautre, has offered a well-written survey of the crown's major architectural commissions.
In addition to providing concise summaries of the forms and public meanings of these buildings, Berger has sought to shed light on what they meant to the monarch himself. Louis XIV attended to the details of governing with the same extraordinary vigor with which he waged war and hunted game, and numerous documents attest to his active participation in the meetings of his royal councils where architectural projects for Paris and the French provinces were discussed. Berger reports the king's close personal attention to the design and construction of the Grand Trianon at Versailles (1687) and reminds us that he must have had much to say about the nearly constant remodeling of the royal apartments within the palace itself.
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