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Morgan Symbolism and Politics : The Construction of the Louvre, 1660-1667

Jeanne Zarucchi

Zarucchi, Jeanne, "Morgan Symbolism and Politics : The Construction of the Louvre, 1660-1667", dans Cahiers du XVIIe siècle, 1991, vol. V, 1.

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The word palace has come to mean a royal residence, or an edifice of grandeur ; in its origins, however, it derives from the Latin palatium, the Palatine Hill upon which Augustus established his imperial residence and erected a temple to Apollo. It is therefore fitting that in the mid-seventeenth century, the young French king hailed as the "new Augustus" should erect new symbols of deific power, undertaking construction on an unprecedented scale to celebrate the Apollonian divinity of his own reign. As the symbols of Apollo are the lyre and the bow, so too were these constructions symbolic of how artistic accomplishment could serve to manifest political power.

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