Chains of command – ‘The Sun King at Sea’, reviewed
A groundbreaking study looks at the slave labour on which France’s maritime ambitions depended
Seats of power through the centuries
Throne chairs have acted as seats of power for centuries – but their form and meaning has evolved
Preserving Prussia’s royal palaces
Will a grant of €400 million euros bring the phenomenal Prussian royal collections to wider attention?
Stepping out of the Sun King’s shadow
The Louvre-Lens has mounted a long overdue survey of Charles Le Brun’s prodigious talents
What’s the point of rebuilding Germany’s palaces?
The construction of Berlin’s Humboldt Forum on the site of the former Stadtschloss raises challenging questions
When the Sun Set: 300 Years since the Death of Louis XIV
The King is dead! Long live the King! Portraits of Louis XIV and his infant successor, Louis XV
Louis XIV: a round-up of exhibitions
Louis XIV’s tercentenary commemorated in exhibitions around the world
The Problem with Colour: Charles Le Brun between Academy and Gobelins
Colour in 17th-century France was a dirty but essential business
Casting a Queen: Louis XIV’s forgotten wife
Too well behaved to be remembered: a rare bust of Marie-Thérèse offers a glimpse of the Sun King’s consort
Bernini in Paris: Architecture at a Crossroad
In 1665 Louis XIV asked Bernini to design a new façade for the Louvre. What would it have meant for Paris if the Sun King had commissioned him?
Blinded by the Sun: The Age of Louis XIV
What is the cultural legacy of Louis XIV’s extravagant reign?
Philip Hewat-Jaboor was a champion of the decorative arts and generous mentor to many
Wolf Burchard pays tribute to the expertise and open-mindedness of the chairman of Masterpiece who was a pillar of the world of decorative arts