Louis XIV as He is: Protector of Arts

Louis XIV had an exceptional art taste. We can see its evidences in various things: in his capacity to be a king-creator, to make an artistic environment wherever he appeared, to make the art in any form  serve France and his people. His time is marked with sophisticated dancing and opera art, glory of painting, sculpture, music, literature, etc. And all these forms are filled with light, burnt from his Royal heart.

His Majesty not only knew to select right artistic people, he had a rare talent to match them together in a proper way. I guess this is one of secrets why the French art of his time transmits such a strong creative message and is so sophisticated. Louis, as a true Apollo, was surrounded with his Nymphs, and played the flute of inspiration for them to create. Modern historians like to present this topic as a part of Louis’s politics and an ordinary propaganda. But what a strange thing! The word ‘propaganda’ appeared in French not long before the Revolution and meant ‘to spread the Christian knowledge all over the world or the missionary activity’. So, all what Louis did in the artistic field, should be comprehended as a God’s will and a desire to serve to Lord than to satisfy his personal preferences and ambitions.

Louis XIV had a considerable collection of coins, paintings and other artworks, horses and other exotic animals, keeping the collecting tradition Cardinal de Richelieu started. However he was not an avid reader, so there were few books. The King of France prefered a great dispute or a pleasant conversation and that’s a pity that they are cannot be restored through Time. It would be so curious to learn the style and topics of these amazing talks.

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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11 Responses to Louis XIV as He is: Protector of Arts

  1. Like you, I would like to know the content of these discussions. Nice post, Maria.

  2. It would be very interesting to know what he talked about, Maria. Sadly, that is lost forever.

  3. Patrons, collectors and benefactors of the arts are so important I’m so happy that some people make this their mission. To spread the love of art is a joy. I generally find that people that don’t enjoy reading have mild to severe forms of dyslexia which were not diagnosed or helped. Words just jumble and it takes longer to read when time can be better spent visually learning :).

    • kethuprofumo says:

      Thanks for the comment, dear Charlotte! What interesting things you are telling! I have never heard about dyslexia before. What a sad thing! So, let’s read books to keep our brain and imagination alive. 🙂

  4. etiliyle says:


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