Absolutism: The Palace Of Louis XIV

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The palace of Versailles only became a symbol of absolutism after Louis XIV’s minister Colbert commented to him that “with exception of brilliant military actions nothing speaks so eloquently of the grandeur and cleverness of princes as buildings.” Once this phrase entered Louis’s ears, he decided to expand his father’s palace. The changing design of the palace accommodated Louis XIV’s view on absolutist court, the palace was originally built as a retreat from the busy life in Paris, and then Louis demanded that the French nobility should go to live with him. The main reason he made this move was, to have the ability to persuade and influence the actions of the nobles, who were quite influential in the political and socioeconomic realm. The palace grew to hold more than 50,000 people, a stable with the ability to accompany 12,000 horses, and the extravagant gardens stretched for several hundred acres (Bishop 273). This palace stood as a symbol of absolutism after all of the renovations because it was a monarch with absolute power over politics and all…show more content…
In 1660, Louis XIV took control of the French government and stated, “Now the theatre changes”, meaning that now the focus will be on Louis and his power (Bishop 272). He used his absolutist control in cultural affairs by funding the academies to train artists and performers. The academies governed all the major arts such as dance, opera, theatre, painting, and sculpting, they brought order to patronage of art in France and imposed rules that stifled artistic innovation. These rules were the revival of classical Greek and Roman forms, establishing a style termed neoclassical. Under Louis’s rule, the French threw off their dependence on Italian arts and influenced the tastes of foreign rulers who aspired to the magnificence of the court of Versailles. Louis ruled for 72 years and died September 1, 1715 from
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