Louis XIII Style – Architecture & Painting

Louis XIII Style The Louis XIII style or was a fashion in French art and architecture, especially affecting the visual and decorative arts. The distinction of him as a period in the history of French art has much to do with the regency under which Louis XIII began his reign (1610-1643). His mother and his regent, Maria de Medici, imported Mannerism from Italy, where she was born. The influence of Italian art was strongly felt for several decades.   Louis XIII style painting was influenced from the north, through Flemish and Dutch Baroque, and from the south, through Italian Mannerism and early Baroque. Schools developed around Caravaggio and Peter Paul Rubens. Among the French painters who mixed Italian Mannerism with …

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Hotel de Talleyrand, Decoration and Restoration

Hotel de Talleyrand, Decoration and Restoration Hotel Talleyrand overlooks the Place de la Concorde (2 rue Saint Florentin 75001 Paris – France) and was built in 1767 according to a design by Ange-Jacques Gabriel, architect of Louis XV. The interiors were designed by Jean-Francois Chalgrin. The building was used as a World War I hospital, as a German naval office during World War II, and as the headquarters of the United States Marshall Plan in the 1950s. Located in the center of Paris, the Hôtel de Talleyrand is a historic place of the highest diplomacy and a spectacular example of a late 18th century Parisian house, or hôtel particulier. The building and interiors, both superior examples of French Enlightenment architecture, …

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Louis XV’s Corner Cabinet Restoration

Palace of Versailles: Louis XV’s Corner Cabinet Restoration At the Palace of Versailles, the corner cabinet of Louis XV regains its splendor after 18 months of restoration The corner cabinet of the Palace of Versailles has benefited from an exceptional restoration thanks to the sponsorship of Rolex © After 18 months of work, the restoration of the corner cabinet of the Palace of Versailles, where Louis XV worked, was completed. The restorers have restored the luster to the room and its furniture, restoring the gilding, paintings and marquetry, marked by the passage of time. The restoration of the corner cabinet at the Palace of Versailles, sponsored by Rolex, was completed around March 20. After 18 months of work on the …

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