Mercure Galant: Arrival of Messire Contarini, Ambassador of Venice

Esteemed Readers, far in the past visits of foreign Ambassadors & other people of dignity were accompanied with solemnity & the air of celebration too. Here is a little description Mercure Galant gives concerning arrival of the Venetian Ambassador to Paris in 1680:

“His numerous Lackeys were wearing red cloth decorated with golden braids & pieces of silk in a form of pyramids of tints of white, crimson, bleu & golden pink, combined with similar orange. Their garments were enriched with a great deal of ribbons & feathers settled in the most amazing manner. Besides his Carriage together with another two ones were of a remarkable beauty; each was harnessed with six horses & their richness dazzled… Gold & some drops of diamonds were shining from all four sides; elegant Sculptures & Painting, served for the main decorative elements, depicted The Triumph of Virtues. The body of the Carriage was covered with huge pieces of gilded leather perfectly crafted. They were folded (in the center points from each side) by means of a Golden Crown held by four Amours…”

Vive le Roy! 🙂

Maria KethuProfumo

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12 Responses to Mercure Galant: Arrival of Messire Contarini, Ambassador of Venice

  1. smilecalm says:

    that’s amazing!
    i’d like to dress
    as a queen for a day,
    if only in my imagination 🙂

  2. fulvialuna1 says:

    Sfarzo al massimo…peccato non ci siano immagini.

  3. Che bella descrizione 🤗🌹

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