Versailles - Absolute Architecture Of An Absolute King Story of the Versailles Palace and Its Construction through an Art Historical View how Did Louis Xiv Plan The Construction? where Can We Find The King In The Architecture?
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The Absolute Center of an Absolute King�
An analytical summary of Louis Marin 's "Classical, Baroque: Versailles, or the Architecture of the Prince"
By Olaf Lyczba
April 22, 2010
Louis XIV 's France was an absolute monarchy, meaning the king had the power, control, finances and the nation in his hands more then ever before. In the 17th century, France was the strongest and wealthiest nation in Europe, and the head of the state, the king, was the most influential person of the time. In the ideas of the scientific revolution and the soon-coming changes of the enlightenment the country was developing. For a few decades France was not involved in any major wars or battles and the peace helped the population grow fast.…show more content… In the sense of origin it can represent differentiating as one comes from a good place or is connected to it. What does this all mean? It can be something that is extraordinary and requires respect. Places that imply stability and produce laws.
Looking further we face the problem of space as such. It is something that is animated by the movements within it or the effect produced by operations of its orientation. If place is location then space is the dimensions of it, the position in which the palace was constructed. Space is more of a three dimensional term because it is determined by the operations which specify it. Considering this we still need to keep in mind that Louis XIV in his palace is immobile and a sovereign figure who beams eternity and unchangeability. This is where we understand the importance of the place related to the absolutism of the king. And while space is rather linked to an action or a process of history, place is the conclusion of the entire action. Simply put space is the largeness of the palace complex. It is what, after realizing the importance of the location, amazes the traveler.
The third component is event, which is a result of a project. It is the outcome of an action and therefore is closely related to place in a sense that both conclude a momentum. It can be a momentous thing, surprising and singular. In the seventeenth century, baroque helped to raise this event even higher. With all the
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