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France, 17th Century AC

 

 

 

 

Roman Baroque

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Roman Baroque  

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Religion determined many aspects of baroque art. The Roman Catholic church was a highly influential patron, and its Counter Reformation, a movement to combat the spread of Protestantism, employed emotional, realistic, and dramatic art as a means of propagating the faith. Strong contrasts of light and shadow enhance the dramatic effects of many paintings and sculptures.

Political situations also influenced art. The absolute monarchies of France and Spain prompted the creation of works that reflected in their size and splendor the majesty of their kings, Louis XIV and Philip IV. Info source: www.uib.no

 

       
Versailles  

versailles palace picture from wikipedia

Versailles hall of mirror pic from www.ursispaltenstein.ch

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In 1660, Louis XIV, coming to majority and taking on full royal powers, was casting about for a site near Paris but away from the tumults of the city. He settled on the lodge and decided to convert it into a palace.The château was largely completed by 1688. The team of architect Louis Le Vau, decorator Charles Le Brun and garden designer André Le Nôtre had been assembled by Louis' own finance minister Nicolas Fouquet at Vaux-le-Vicomte, whose grand success there was his undoing. Info source: www.spiritus-temporis.com

       
Cabinets  

ebony cabinet pic from www.louvre.fr

ebony cabinet 17th century picture from www.louvre.fr

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The 17th century Cabinet room has its origins in the private ambient called Studiolo which appeared in the palaces of Italy in the late 15th Century. However the term cabinet has also been used to name a particular type of furniture.

Cabinet differed from other types of furniture in that it had numerous drawers, often concealed by doors or a drop-leaf front. It could be made of a variety of materials: wood, leather, metal, ivory, etc. Italy, Spain and the Germanic countries were then the chief producers of this type of piece.

The cabinet never acquired a fixed form since it was always defined by its specific use and the setting for which it was made. It was essentially designed to store small objects, jewelry and its owner’s important papers. Info source: www.france.fr

         
         
   

 

   
       

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versailles interior picture from www.essential-architecture.com

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versailles pic from www.chateauversailles.frimage source: www.chateauversailles.fr

versailles bedroom pic from www.essential-architecture.comimage source: www.essential-architecture.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
       
Links  

more about Baroque: iDesign / Styles / Louis XIV

more about Versailles: www.essential-architecture.com

official Versailles site: www.chateauversailles.fr

360° Hall of Mirrors: www.chateauversailles.fr

more about cabinets: www.louvre.fr

Versailles furniture replicas : www.versaillesinthepearl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
       
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