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the mughal empire: in the service of great elegance

…In defence of the Moguls, it should be said that this oppressive and alien regime transformed India, for more than a century, into the wealthiest and most powerful monarchy on the face of the earth., and incidentally, laid the foundation … Continue reading

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bernini: double down failure

Bernini’s trip to France was a double failure. Not only was the sculptor unable to impose his artistic views upon the Frenchand at the same time letting his frustration morph into a contempt and endless cycle of provocation and manifestations … Continue reading

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arguing from bank to boudoir

Powerful advocates brought Alexandrine’s pleas to the ear of the pope, and in November 1712, her vows were formally annulled. It was the liberation of Mme de Tencin. From convent to court, and from bank to boudoir, she was always … Continue reading

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gardens of magnificence

We have no idea what the Garden of Eden resembled. Painters have generally rendered it as a flowering green background to highlight Eve’s white nakedness. What we do know is that humanity from the start has delighted in gardens. In … Continue reading

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FORBIDDEN WORLD:IN THE SHADOW OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS

The forbidden world of Watteau. The witness of a life he could not share; one of France’s greatest painters transformed reality into the most poetic and lyrical visions in the history of art…. “This artist who said hardly anything about … Continue reading

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ROYAL FLUSH & BLUSH WITH THE SUN KING: idiot bastard sons?

It was the world of Saint-Simon. In his insultingly tiny Versailles room a noble diarist recorded life in the court of the Sun King. Prudery, malice, and consideration of status filled his pages and produced a masterpiece that recorded the … Continue reading

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RITUAL & POMP WITH THE SUN KING:WHO WILL REMOVE THE ROYAL DUNG?

We know a vast amount of what went on in Versailles at the court of the Louis XIV, especially between the years 1691 and 1723, when the French monarchy, having reached the apogee of its power, was descending and slowly … Continue reading

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AT THE ZOO

Someone told me It’s all happening at the zoo. I do believe it, I do believe it’s true. Mmmmm. Mmmmm. Whoooa. Mmmmm. The monkeys stand for honesty, Giraffes are insincere, And the elephants are kindly but They’re dumb. Orangutans are … Continue reading

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