Chasteau Royal de Versailles veu du milieu de la grande avenue

Published by Paris: late 18th century
Condition: Fine No Binding
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This superb hand-colored engraving, Chasteau Royal de Versailles veu du milieu de la grande avenue, from the late 18th century measures 19.75 x 26.75 and is in excellent condition with light staining in the margins and evidence of previous repair to the central crease and small tears on these edges. Illustrated in this engraving is the front entrance into Versailles down an avenue lined with trees to the gate. finely detailed and colored are the courtiers arriving in carriages and on horseback to the grand estate. Through the use of linear perspective, the engraver allows for the entirety of Versailles to be appreciated. During the mid to late 18th century, the trend amongst European artists, printmakers and publishers, was to visually record their own country's architectural treasures, and the natural beauty of their gardens. Motivated by national pride, artists and printmakers began to publish views of their most-admired estates and grounds. In addition to being a visual record of the countryside, they were meant to encourage public recognition of national treasures. These prints were meant to be purchased by the English and foreign tourists whom desired a memento of their travels. Louis XIV (1638-1715), the Sun King of France, had grown up during a civil war between rival factions of aristocrats, known as the Fronde, and wanted a site where he could control the French government by absolute rule. Louis settled on the royal hunting lodge at Versailles , which had been acquired by Louis XIII in 1632, and over the following decades expanded it into the largest palace and grounds in the world. It was Louis XIV's hope to create a center for the royal court at Versailles . Beginning in 1669, the architect, Louis Le Vau (1612-1670), began a detailed renovation of the château. The Château of Versailles, outside of Paris , was converted into a spectacular royal palace in a series of four major and distinct building campaigns. By the end of the third building campaign, the Château had taken on most of the appearance that it retains to this day, except for the Royal Chapel in the last decade of the reign. Louis XIV officially moved to Versailles , along with the royal court, on May 6, 1682. Louis had several reasons for creating such a symbol of extravagant opulence and stately grandeur, and for shifting the seat of the monarch. By moving the royal court and the seat of the French government, Louis XIV hoped to gain greater control of the government from the nobility, by requiring that nobles of a certain rank and position spend time each year at Versailles, Louis prevented them from developing their own regional power and kept them from countering his efforts to centralize the French government in an absolute monarchy. Thus, many noblemen had to either to give up all influence, or to depend entirely on the king for grants and subsidies. Bookseller Inventory # gl0228e

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Title: Chasteau Royal de Versailles veu du milieu ...

Publisher: Paris: late 18th century

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Fine

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