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Spatial Effects and Meaning in the Galerie des glaces at Versailles
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Art History.
2010 (English)In: Ars Aeterna, ISSN 1337-9291, Vol. 2, no 1, 137-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is an analysis of meaningful spatial effects of the decoration in the Galerie des glaces at Versailles. Visual spaces (representational space, reflected space of the mirrors, and the physiacal space of the room and the site) are examined in terms of their interrelations and in terms of address to a viewer. Visual space is considered the most important tool to arouse curiosity and admiration in the spectator, the rhetorically most efficient aspect of the decoration. Three types of effects are discerned and discussed: ambiguity; control and domination; tension (as intensification, as challenge, and as risk).

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Nitra: Constantine the Philosopher University , 2010. Vol. 2, no 1, 137-149 p.
Keyword [en]
galerie des glaces, versailles, le brun, baroque, visual space, interpretation
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Art History
Research subject
History Of Art
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54341OAI: diva2:393283
Texten återger ett konferensbidrag från en konferens i Santa Cruz, Kalifornien, UC Santa Cruz, i april 2009, för konferensen "Unfolding the Baroque: Extensions of a Concept". Mitt bidrag hör även ihop med ett pågående bokprojekt för förlaget Ashgate: "Reflecting Power and Crisis in Grand Decorative Schemes (of the 16th and 17th centuries)".Available from: 2011-01-30 Created: 2011-01-30 Last updated: 2011-07-04Bibliographically approved

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