The Palace Of Versailles As A Hunting Lodge

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1. The Palace of Versailles was designed and constructed by many architects and designers, who include Jacques Lemercier, François d’Orbay, Charles Le Brun, Louis Le Vau, Andrè Le Nôtre, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Robert de Cotte. Each of these men worked on separate parts of the massive palace. Some of these architects had this as their life’s work, as many died during its creation (like Mardouin-Mansart or Louis Le Vau) and let their apprentices or co-workers finish what they started. 2. Louis XIII originally commissioned the work as a hunting lodge. However, with each new monarch, new additions were made until Louis XIV declared Versailles as his residence and the seat of government in France. 3. Versailles was built during the Baroque era…show more content…
After the French loss in the Franco-Prussian War and the abolishment of the monarchy under Napoleon III, the Germans used Versailles to announce the unification of the German Empire under Otto von Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm I. Following this moment, Versailles would never represent the French King or nobility, but rather as a magnificent value to Baroque art and architecture. However, this does not diminish its historical and societal value and significance. The Palace of Versailles was used in the signing of the 1919 Armistice, ending World War I. In the late twentieth century, Versailles was opened to the public for tours. I have personally been to Versailles and it is as magnificent as it sounds. 8. a. Elements: i. Value: Based on the fact of the price to create this palace and the values it contains, Versailles clearly is a very valuable and important part of French, if not Western European, history. It represents the nobility and clergy that ruled France for centuries. It also represents power and peace, as this Palace was used historically to display both of these aspects. ii. Shape: The Versailles that is widely recognized today was conceived in the early eighteenth century, following the death of Louis XIV. A U shape was adopted by the architects and more rooms were planned. The shape of the palace represents its grant size. From the right angle, the palace can fill your entire field of vision. The
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