Lecture, Central London, Wednesday, 25 Jan 2023 - 18:00

Louis XIV: Versailles, Europe and the Arts

Louis XIV in Royal Costume, 1701 Oil on Canvas

Louis XIV saw himself as a patron of the arts, as well as an absolute monarch and warlord. He talked to his favourite artists and writers, including Bernini, Racine, Andre Lenotre the gardener and Charles Lebrun the painter, almost as equals, and made Versailles an arts and entertainment centre rivalling Rome. Versailles’s influence, like the French language, spread across Europe. In his range and passion, Louis XIV  was unsurpassed as a patron of the arts, both in his time and later.

Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel

Philip Mansel is author of 13 books, including King of the World: the Life of Louis XIV (2019). It won the Franco-British Prize and has...

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