Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

This is a painting of the Hall of Mirrors which was originally painted by Charles Le Brun which was a direct command from Louis XIV. The Hall of Mirrors is a section of the Palace of Versailles. Charles Le Brun was one of the three artist who worked to redecorate the Palace of Versailles. Le Brun’s job was mainly to paint the other artist Andre Le Nortre and Louis Le Vau’s were both architects.

My Interpretation of the Art: On the ceilings there is people fighting, which must represent some sort of accomplishment of Louis XIV. Also the architecture of the building is very precise. We know that Louis XIV had two architects work on the Hall of Mirrors. The colors used are very brown, there is not many bright colors, that could because Louis XIV used the Hall of Mirrors as a meeting place, also all this art had a political meaning to it. It was not a place for dining that could be a good reasoning for putting mellow and dark colors.

This is not my work (the ones with the quotations) I just wanted to include it because it explains the art.http://en.chateauversailles.fr/homepage

“Political success is demonstrated by thirty compositions in the arch painted by Le Brun, which illustrate the glorious history of Louis XIV in the first eighteen years of his government, from 1661 until the Peace of Nijmegen. Military and diplomatic victories, as well as reforms in view of the reorganization of the kingdom, are portrayed in the form of antique allegories. Economic prosperity is demonstrated by the dimensions and quantity of the three hundred and fifty-seven mirrors that decorate the seventeen arches opposite the windows, attesting that the new French production of mirrors, which at the time were luxury objects, is capable of stealing the monopoly away from Venice. Artistic success: the Rance marble pilasters decorated with a model of gilded bronze capitals called “French order”; created by Le Brun at the request of Colbert, this new model represents national emblems: a fleur de lys topped by a royal sun between two French cockerels.”

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