LE BRUN, Charles
(b. 1619, Paris, d. 1690, Paris)

Interior view

Château, Versailles

It was in the interior of the château of Versailles that Louis XIV had to appear on the most important ceremonial occasions, it was here that he received the ambassadors of foreign powers, and it was here that the full complexity of court life was displayed. The interior decoration was oversaw by Charles Le Brun.

The seven rooms of the King's Appartement were named after the seven planets, culminating in the Salon d'Apollon, which was the Throne Room. In each Salon the particular attributes of the planet in question were set forth in fables or allegories alluding to the great kings of the past.

The Mercury Room was originally the royal bedchamber in the State Apartments and was referred to as the "bedroom", although the bed was removed early on in winter to make room for games tables. Tables, mirrors, andirons and magnificently chased chandeliers made in solid silver by the Gobelins silversmiths once decorated the walls, ceilings and fireplace, until 1689 when Louis XIV had to melt them down to finance the War of the League of Augsburg.

The photo shows the Salon de Mercure.

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