27 September 2021
Portrait of Henri IV as Mars by Ambroise Dubois
Musée national du Château de Pau
Paris under the Bourbons 1
in the collections of Musée Carnavalet
With Chris Boïcos
The imprint of the five Bourbon kings – Henri IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI – who presided over the destinies of France and their capital, Paris, from 1589 to 1789 is still largely visible in Paris today. Our lecture will be using the superb collections of the newly re-opened Musée Carnavalet and its period rooms to evoke the history of the city from the end of the Renaissance to the eve of the French Revolution. The great royal squares from place des Vosges to place de la Concorde, churches such as the Val de Grace and the Pantheon, the royal palaces of the Louvre and the Tuileries all date back to the Bourbon era and will be studied through original prints, paintings and documents in the collection of the museum.
Our first lecture will cover the period from the advent of Henri IV to the death of Louis XIV (1589-1715).
Statue of Louis XIV on Place Louis le Grand
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