Be able to discuss how the architecture and gardens of Versailles reflect the image of Louis XIV as the Sun King.
Nowhere in France is the Baroque in better display than here in the Palace de Versailles. It was a direct statement glorification of the power of the King (Louis XIV). The interior of the palace was decorated with paintings at grand scale on of which depicted the King in a chariot as Apollo, the Greek god of peace and war. Vast gardens, with axial vistas, terraces, sculpture, formal flowerbeds, fountains (i.e Latona Fountain), water basins, and paths were all integrated into a plan that focused entirely on Louis XIV bedroom located in the center of the palace.