The Plague on Paper in Early Modern Venice and Beyond
Architecture & Urban Development in the Reign of Louis XIV Reconsidered: Paris in the Aftermath of the Fronde
Porte Saint-Denis raised by François Blondel (1672) embodies Classicism in the reign of Louis XIV. Of heightened interest, besides, is the site; long occupied by the Medieval gateway, Blondel’s replacement served to connect Paris physically - and symbolically - to the royal abbey & necropolis in Saint Denis. This place seized fresh attention because it had sheltered the terrified boy-king in the Fronde; and the riveting narrative, with its triumphant outcome, emerges in Michel Félibien’s Histoire de l’abbaye royal de Saint-Denis …. (1706). Blondel’s monument, in sum, tied a wealth of personal imagery, all previously overlooked, into its body of imperial allegory.
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