Monday, 1 January 2018

Salon of the Small Staircase

The staircase opens into this room which gives it its rather unimaginative name. Actually, one of the reasons for why Louis XIV chose to even dedicate a room to such a purpose was to preserve the desired enfilade-style so popular in the Baroque era.

Poussin was the master behind four of the paintings hung in the chamber. The remaining ones were from the royal collection. These included "Venus and Vulcan" by Mignard and "Herminie guarding the flock" by Mola.

Otherwise the décor corresponds to that of the neighboring rooms: red damask, white and gold woodwork.
Due to its being more of a pass-through chamber the furniture was rather sparse. A small table in the centre of the room and two stools made up the lot.

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