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By Charles FitzRoy

The Rape of Europa is a very novel renowned historical past of paintings publication centering on one among Titian's such a lot celebrated masterpieces. via telling the historical past of this portray from its beginning to the current day, Charles FitzRoy comprises attention-grabbing debts of King Philip II of Spain and the way his artwork accumulating finds a dichotomy at its middle. The portray itself is an super erotic description of the well-known classical delusion in accordance with the account in Ovid's Metamorphoses. It used to be commissioned as a marriage current for Charles I and his French queen Henrietta Maria, and used to be later copied via Rubens and exerted a robust impact on Velázquez. within the eighteenth century the portray was once given by way of the King of Spain to the Duke of Orleans, brother of Louis XV. Orleans used to be the best paintings collector of his day, utilizing the outstanding gourmand and broker Pierre Crozat as his agent. At this degree the tale turns into one among skullduggery.

The Rape of Europa portray is the main celebrated instance of ways wealthy americans controlled to buy artistic endeavors from British collections and the way Bernard Berenson made an important fortune out of authenticating work for wealthy buyers, regularly simply for revenue. This exciting booklet is an element artwork background and half detective tale, and is a completely unique method of telling a story.

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An outstanding lots of Louis XIV’s descendants had predeceased him, and, at the sunlight King’s dying in 1715, his inheritor was once his great-grandson, also referred to as Louis, born in 1710. even if he were taught little within the methods of presidency via his uncle, Philippe was once the exceptional candidate to turn into regent and, in 1715, after a quick strength fight along with his brother-in-law the Duke of Maine, son of Louis XIV’s mistress Madame de Montespan, he was once appointed to the put up. to make sure that he had complete keep watch over of the younger king, the regent introduced him to Paris in 1716, the place he was once housed within the Tuileries Palace close to the Palais-Royal, the most place of dwelling of the Dukes of Orléans, and the seat of presidency in the course of the Regency of Louis XV. With the king and the regent dwelling in shut proximity, the realm round the Palais-Royal and the Tuileries now changed the Marais, stylish because the time of Henry IV a century previous, because the smartest region within the urban. The Palais-Royal had loved a prestigious historical past. status contrary the north wing of the Louvre, it was once equipped via Jacques Lemercier within the 1630s for Louis XIII’s leader minister Cardinal Richelieu, who named it the Palais-Cardinal. Richelieu was once a impressive collector, making a Gallery of Illustrious males that includes pix of significant Frenchmen by way of Philippe de Champaigne and Simon Vouet. After the cardinal’s demise the palace handed to Louis XIII, who renamed it the Palais-Royal. throughout the 1640s and 1650s it used to be the place of abode of the dowager queen, Anne of Austria, and her younger sons, Louis XIV and his more youthful brother Philippe, Duke of Orléans. throughout the 1650s it additionally housed Henrietta Maria, exiled widow of Charles I and sister of Louis XIII, and her daughter Henrietta Anne. whilst Philippe married Henrietta Anne in 1661, the palace turned the most place of dwelling of the home of Orléans, the place the duke and duchess entertained the cream of French society and staged performs by means of Molière in Lemercier’s theatre, often called the Salle de Spectacles, one of many most interesting in Paris. The palace misplaced its pre-eminent place after Henrietta Anne’s dying in 1670 (she was once reputed to were poisoned by way of her jealous, bisexual husband), yet re-emerged because the centre of society in 1692 while Philippe’s son Philippe Charles, Duke of Chartres, married his cousin Francoise Marie de Bourbon, illegitimate daughter of Louis XIV, within the palace chapel. at the loss of life of his father in 1701, the recent Duke of Orléans, now First Prince of the Blood, and his spouse took up everlasting place of abode on the Palais-Royal. seeing that Louis XIV’s present mistress, the austere Madame de Maintenon, strongly disapproved of lavish entertainments at Versailles, Parisians flocked to the Palais-Royal, which was once open to the general public. The palace, decorated with marble and lacquer cupboards, the partitions hung with Italian work and tapestries, had already earned a name as a creative centre, staging exhibitions held by means of the Academy of portray and Sculpture. Philippe decided to remodel the palace without cost spared.

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