Thrones in Majesty exhibition catalogue
Whether sober or majestic, reasonable or extravagant, thrones always convey the same symbol of legitimately established authority. For the first time, in the sumptuous setting of the Château de Versailles, a place par excellence of the exercise and representation of sovereignty, an exhibition brings together thrones from all over the world. This book helps us to better understand the symbolic model in its political, university, economic and religious dimensions. The starting point for this historical and artistic exploration is an obvious observation: sovereignty always brings two distinct notions into play: authority and power.
While power, ephemeral and difficult to acquire, remains a fragile attribute constantly under threat, authority ensures to its holder both enduring power and universal esteem: it establishes him, inspiring an obedience that amounts to recognition of legitimacy. Along with its essential attributes ' platform, canopy and footstool ' the throne is often decorated with fantastic and imaginary animals, winged lions, chimeras and fabulous dragons. The majestic authority of the sovereign is always depicted as a seated figure [...].
Editeur : Editions du Cerf/ Etablissement public du château, du musée et du domaine national de Versailles (March 2011)
Paperback with flap
Language : French
ISBN13 : 9782204087360
Dimensions : L 23 x W 31 x H 2.5 cm
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