A Royal Passion is the first in-depth study of the Sun King as a patron of architecture. Surveying such monuments as the Louvre, Versailles, the Invalides, and other buildings that are closely identified with Louis XIV, Robert W. Berger demonstrates why these buildings, gardens, urban spaces, and their decorations were so important to him. Serving as functional necessities, objects of aesthetic delight, and as political statements, his architectural enterprises collectively underscored his absolutist authority. Moreover, by adopting the guise of 'builder-prince', Louis XIV reasserted his kinship with the Roman emperors, whose grandeur he sought both to emulate and to surpass.Read more
- Author very well known scholar of French architecture
- Broad survey of Louis XIV and the architectural enterprises he initiated
- Extremely well written; aimed at a general and student audience
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- Date Published: August 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521586443
- length: 224 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 205 x 12 mm
- weight: 0.62kg
- contains: 160 b/w illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print December 2004
Table of Contents
2. The Regency (1643–1661)
3. The early years of personal rule: the King and Colbert (1661–1671)
4. The Louvre and Tuilleries
5. A building for the sciences: the Observatoire
6. Versailles I (1661–1677)
7. Paris I
8. A palace for a mistress: the Chateau of Clagny and the rise of Jules Hardouin-Mansart
9. The Invalides
10. Versailles II (1678–1715)
12. Paris II
13. Vauban and the architecture of war
14. Le Roi-Architecte
15. Absolutism and architecture
16. Epilogue: the old King in triumph and sorrow.
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