The King Who Created Versailles by Marie-Anne Mancio

Monday 14th February 2022

THIS TALK WILL BE DELIVERED ON ZOOM

King Louis XIV was known as "The Sun King". He was a patron of Molière, Racine, Jean de La Fontaine, and Charles Le Brun. He founded the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture, established the Gobelins Manufactory, commissioned the stunning palace of Versailles – the envy of Europe – and amassed the most comprehensive collection of precious and semi precious stones among any Western ruler since the Middle Ages.

In this talk, Marie-Anne will immerse us in Louis' sumptuous world.

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Dr Marie-Anne Mancio was an artist before gaining her PhD, and she is now a highly respected art history lecturer. She lectures at a wide range of venues including City Lit, Tate, and Dulwich Picture Gallery. She also leads art history study tours abroad. Marie-Anne gave us a superb lecture by zoom last year on Madame de Pompadour.  She currently lives near Perugia in Italy.

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