Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Sun Eclipse

Fig. 4 Prognostication de l’éclipse du soleil ou conférence entre Louis, Madame de Maintenon et Philippe, La Haye, Bibliothèque nationale des Pays Bas

On 12 May 1706 there was a solar eclipse which the Dutch artists were quick to use as a signal of the decline of the Sun King. Here he is seen with Madame de Maintenon and Philip of Anjou who had recently been declared Philip V of Spain, the latter says: "Grandfather, let me return to the French court for the Spanish lords are evil plagues and they have declared Charles their king" - this was to be the War of the Spanish Succession. 

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