"The Grand Apartment" Grands Appartements du Roi et de la Reine Tip by Lucky79


'And since the Sun is the emblem of the King, seven planets were taken to serve as the subject of the paintings of the seven salons of this apartment' (Félibien des Avaux, 1674). The Grand Apartment glorified the Sun King. A room known as the Abundance Salon led to other salons?Venus, Diana, Mars, Mercury, and Apollo?each dedicated to a heavenly body. That is why they were originally called the Apartment of the Planets when the New Chateau was being built. In 1710, another salon was added, this time dedicated to the mythological hero Hercules. It was designed to house Veronese's Christ at Supper with Simon, which the Republic of Venice offered to Louis XIV in 1664 (restored in 1997). The Hercules Salon is richly decorated in marble and chased bronze over the fireplace (the finest in the chateau), making it a rival to the Hall of Mirrors. The masterful painting on the ceiling, done by François Lemoyne from 1733 to 1736, shows The Apotheosis of Hercules.

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