Le Grand Escalier De Versailles.
RA Collection: Book
The only text is that engraved on the title-plate; which includes an eleven-line introduction.
The other ten plates show parts of the decoration of the Grand Escalier at Versailles, each with a short explanatory caption. The Escalier was part of the state apartments, and Le Brun was instructed to decorate its walls and vaults with scenes promoting the reputation of King Louis XIV; which he executed between 1674 and 1678. The larger panels show recent political events such as the king's passage of the Rhine and the submission of Franche-Comté; while the window-openings are surrounded by representations of the months, ancient deities and allegoric figures. These decorations were further embellished with sculptures by A. Coyzevox (1678-81).
Le Brun's decorations were an expression of the taste for solemn magnificence that is associated with the Louis XIV style. Later in the king's reign a lighter, freer style began to come into vogue. In 1750 the staircase was demolished. In 1895 P.E. Sansom incorporated a copy of it in his Hôtel de Castellanes, Paris.
Name as Subject
Louis XIV King of France
Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Public relations - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 17th century