MIQUE, Richard
(b. 1728, Nancy, d. 1794, Paris)

Temple of Love

Petit Trianon, Versailles

At around 1770, new attitude toward gardens emerged. Gone were lines of tall trees framing fine horizontal perspectives of trimmed box hedges and embroidery-like flowerbeds. In 1775, Richard Mique erected a circular temple in the landscape garden at the Petit Trianon. Featuring twenty-two fluted Corinthian columns, fine decoration, and a copy of Bouchardon's Cupid Making his Bow out of the Club of Hercules, Mique's creation became known as the Temple of Love. This jewel heralded a new setting; the Hameau and its pseudo-rustic setting that Mique composed for Marie-Antoinette in 1782-85 represents the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new era.

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