Le Brun’s drawings made for the Hall of Mirrors at the royal palace come to Barcelona
Unpacking boxes, bulbs for placing and pictures to hang. This is the material that builds up in the rooms of CaixaForum where November 18th will wear the exhibition ‘Drawing Versailles. Sketches and cartoons by Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) ‘.
These days it touches the sample is mounted. And there are the experts removing the packaging of the pieces that arrived last week directly from the Louvre in Paris. They did properly protected as boxes, air conditioning and anti-vibration systems, which are something extremely fragile works of art. The last to come out has done this Thursday from the bowels of his protective shell has emerged a beautiful drawing of Pluto of 131 x 111 cm. Their fate has been a niche embedded in the wall then sealed with glass. The light that illuminates missing. It will dim. Not more than 50 lux. Things of the fragile paper.
Pluto looks and with Hercules, another drawing of the same characteristics presented at the same conditions-under one cover that reproduces the ceiling of the Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles, space where Le Brun made paintings left from the drawings . Both Pluto and Hercules are fragments of the central part of the composition of the roof, one that shows the episode “The king rules the world ‘with a Louis XIV idealized manning the helm of state surrounded by mythological figures. And other sketches of the same composition, the room also meets the sketches of one of the fragments of the Franco-Dutch War, another reason of Versailles ceiling frescoes. Thursday also were unpacking.
The ceiling of the great room of the official residence of the kings of France is not the only rebuilt in CaixaForum, in the adjoining room you can see part of the staircase of the Ambassadors, the plan to impress and coerce visits Luis XIV Access .
The paintings that were to dazzle the guests also came from the hand of Le Brun. And his sketches, of course, hang in this room. Everything, from November 18, with an entry to the exhibition refers to Versailles. Also in the assembly process, as no.
Courtesy Car Service Barcelona