“Grand Escalier Du Chateau De Versailles» -Charles le Brun
- The full title of the book: what is it revealing about the content of the book? Who is it speaking to?
Grand Escalier DU Chateau DE Versailles DIT Escalier des Ambassadeurs ORDONNÉ ET PEINT Par Charles le Brun Ecuyer premier Peintre de Roy, CONSACRÉ A LA MEMOIRE DE LOUIS LE GRAND
SE VEND A PARIS Chez Louis Surugue a l’entrée de la rue des Noyers vis-avis S’Yves.
AVEC PRIVILEGE DU ROY.
Translation of the Title:
The Grand Stairway of the Chateau Versailles “says” Stairway of the Ambassadors
ordered and painted by Charles le Brun Ecuyer, the first painter of the King
consecrated (dedicated) to the memory of Louis the Great
Sold in Paris by Louis Surugue at the entrance of the rue des Noyers opposite S’Yves.
With royal privilege
The title tells the reader, that it is painted by the first painter of the royal house. It is also dedicated to the King Louis.
The book is exclusively sold in Paris, to people with “royal privilege”, so probably only for members of the higher society.
- Illustrations: Is the book illustrated? If so, what king of images are there?
The Book contains a lot of Images. The Images are very detailed copper engarvings (Kupferstiche). The images are showing architectural details (cornices, stairways, domes,fountains) or historic moments, battles for instance.
- Author: who wrote the book? What was their background and occupation? What do you think they wanted to achieve with this book?
The Book was written and painted by Charles le Brun. Charles le Brun was a painter of the royal house, so he was probably a very important artist/author.
In my opinion, the book by Charles le Brun was an architectural documentation of the Chateau Versailles (especially the stairways and the decoration). Another purpose is the honor Louis the Great.
Julian Merlo, 21-915-459