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Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV

05 October 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Organized by: New York School of Interior Design
Venue: New York School of Interior Design, Arthur Satz Auditorium
170 East 70 Street
New York

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and NYSID as we welcome Dr. Wolf Burchard on the topics addressed in his new book, The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV.

King Louis XIV’s favorite artist, Charles Le Brun, has often been described as a “dictator of the arts” in France —a statement which Dr. Burchard’s book reassesses. Le Brun was a gifted and versatile artist, as well as an excellent painter and designer of tapestries, sculpture, architecture, and furniture. As Louis XIV’s principal painter and director of the Gobelins manufactory, he sought to translate the Sun King’s claim to absolute power into a visual form. This lecture will explore Le Brun’s different media and his relationship to the great monarch.

Dr. Wolf Burchard is an art and architectural historian, and a specialist on 17th and 18th century royal patronage. He is the British National Trust’s Furniture Research Curator and previously served as Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust.


Copies of The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV will be available for purchase after the lecture.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Free to ICAA members.