Versailles and the Baroque

Blog Assignment (Due Wed, Dec. 8, 2010)

Find a single quotation from the textbook that addresses either the social, economic, artistic, religious, and political history of one of the following buildings:

17-18th Century: Versailles.

Submit it below in a comment.

How it should look:

Title: Versailles, Economic

“Quote from Big textbook about the economic history of Versailles,” (McKay et al 555).


8 thoughts on “Versailles and the Baroque

  1. Versailles, Social

    “Nobles had to follow a tortuous system of court etiquette, and they vied for the honor of serving the monarch, with the highest in rank claiming the privilege to hand the king his shirt when he dressed. These rituals were far from meaningless or trivial. The king controlled immense resources and privileges; access to him meant favored treatment for pensions, military and religious posts, honorary titles, and a host of other benefits. Courtiers sought these rewards for themselves and for their family members and followers.”(McKay et al 416-417).

  2. Versailles, Religious

    “Rome and the revitalized Catholic church on the later sixteenth century played an important role in the early development of the baroque. As we have seen, the papacy and the Jesuits encouraged the growth of an intensely emotional, exuberant art aimed at kindling the faith of ordinary churchgoers. In addition to this underlying religious emotionalism, the baroque drew its sense of drama of drama, motion, and ceaseless striving from the art and architecture of the Catholic Reformation.” (McKay et al 415)

  3. Baroque Art and Music

    “Baroque in art and music flourished in Spain , Italy, and Central Europe.Baroque masters like Rubens painted portraits celebrating the glory of European monarchs .Architecture became an important tool for the french monarch Louis XIV , who made
    the magnificent palace of Versailles the center of his kingdom , inspiring imitators across Europe.” (McKay et al 415)

  4. Political- This quote illustrates the standards set by Roi Louis XIV, and how in order to achieve and maintain any mean of political standing, one had to live beyond one’s means and keep the King’s favour.

    “He loved splendor, magnificence, and profusion in all things and encouraged similar tastes in his Court, to spend money freely…was a sure way to gain his favour, perhaps to contain the honour of a word from him. Motives of policy had something to do with this, by making expensive habits the fashion…he compelled his courties to live beyond their income…This was a plage which, once introduced became a scourge to the whole country…it threatened to end in nothing short of ruin and a general overthrow.” (McKay et al, 431)

  5. Baroque, Artistic

    “In painting, the baroque reached maturity early with the painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Rubens studied the masters of the High Renaissance such as Michelangelo but developed his own style, which was characterized be animated figures, melodramatic contrasts, and monumental size. Rubens excelled in glorifying monarchs such as Queen Mother Marie de’ Medici of France. He was also a devout Catholic; nearly half of his pictures treat Christian subjects. Yet one of Ruben’s trademarks was fleshy, sensual nudes who populate his canvases as Roman goddesses, water nymphs, and remarkably voluptuous saints and angels,” (McKay et al 555).

  6. Versailles, Social

    “The palace was the summit of the political, social, and cultural life. The king required all great nobles to spend at least part of the year in attendance on him at Versailles. Between three thousand and ten thousand people occupied the palace each day. Given the demand for space, even high nobles had to make do with cramped and uncomfortable living quarters. The palace gardens, and the palace itself on some occasions, were open to the public, allowing even local peasants a glimpse of their sovereign. More than a royal residence or administrative center, Versailles was a mirror of French greatness to the world.” (McKay et al 416).

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