The life and death of a royal monument: Bouchardon's 'Louis XV'

Authors
Citation
A. Mcclellan, The life and death of a royal monument: Bouchardon's 'Louis XV', OX ART J, 23(2), 2000, pp. 3-27
Citations number
116
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Arts & Architecture
Journal title
OXFORD ART JOURNAL
ISSN journal
0142-6540 → ACNP
Volume
23
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
3 - 27
Database
ISI
SICI code
0142-6540(2000)23:2<3:TLADOA>2.0.ZU;2-S
Abstract
Larger than life and prominently sited, consummately crafted and enveloped in ritual, equestrian and royal monuments were arguably the most public and important works of art produced in early modern France. Focusing on Edme B ouchardon's Louis XV (1748-1763), this essay explores the power vested in t hese monuments owing to their dual role as portraits of a living but absent king and symbolic embodiments of the timeless qualities of monarchy. This double function of representation motivated their destruction during the Fr ench Revolution and their subsequent decline in critical fortunes.