Also, France became known as the military leader of Europe, which possibly could have caused France to establish a powerful empire of colonies. With powerful colonies, France provided many resources and goods to trade with other countries. But, continuous war and the maintenance of Versailles caused France to drop into debt. Louis greatly misused power, which also led to revolutions. Versailles served as a device to help Louis XIV create and retain power as well as to glamorize his rule, which resulted in a stronger France.
Absolutism is a political theory holding that all power should bevested in one ruler or other authority. Both Louis xiv and Peter the Great considered themselves to be absolute rulers and they had divine right. Louis xiv changed France in many ways. He helped and hurt the growing nation. In order to become a true absolute ruler Louis xiv needed to make sure that ll the power was contained in himself.
The belief also shifted from Divine Right to one that the people gave the king his power which led to kings like Frederick II of Prussia to rule with his people’s interests in mind. To begin with, Machiavelli’s “The Prince” laid out the foundation of what absolute rulers should be. Machiavelli thought that princes should be well educated in war since he would then have the power to stop uprisings. “The quickest way to lose a state is to neglect this art [war]; the quickest way to get one is to study it. Thus a prince who knows noth... ... middle of paper ... ...be like, a tyrant.
Versailles also helped Louis take control of the nobility by providing enough space to keep them under his watchful eye. The Palace of Versailles supported absolutism during King Louis XIV’s reign through propaganda, and control of nobility. One of the most important elements of Versailles that affected Louis XIV’s reign was the use of propaganda. The Palace contained “paintings, statues, tapestries” (Page) and a general grandness that significantly promoted Louis’ name. Louis himself was a “prominent subject in the artwork” (Montclos 330) and was portrayed as handsome and god-like.
Also famous as a hard working and pleasant natured, the King sought to bring 'glory' for France, and strived for a united France, simply because it was easier to rule. The King's ideas about making France a glorious state were also exhibited in his desires for other European nations to fear, respect as well as imitate France in all matters of governance, aspects which only remained merely a set of ideas. Born in 1710 at Versailles, King Louis XIV gained the title of "Louis the Well Beloved", yet this title only remained so until the King remained a monarch of France, and practically diminished upon his death. Unlike heirs of monarchs, King Louis XIV was neither formally educated in worldly discipline, nor was he nurtured to become a head of state.
He could become a dictator. For example the senate were dependent on Napoleon and feared a return to the monarchy and this lead them in 1802 to make Napoleon Consul for life and in 1804 the Consulship became Hereditary and Napoleon crowned him self as Emperor which all increased his control and support all over France, leading him to be able ... ... middle of paper ... ...a variety of means including Patronage of officers, by offering there sons a free and militarised education. He also used propaganda and censorship to increase morale of the army, especially the image that Napoleon was the rightful leader of France. Out of all of the different ways that Napoleon maintained his control over France, the one which was the most important was his excellent use of censorship and propaganda to win over the support of the public, which is key for all leaders. By presenting himself as a legendary and rightful leader, as a romantic hero-figure, the child of the revolution and the key to future French greatness and blocking the bad parts of his regime from the public opinion.
His paintings display the regality of the nobility and show how great the Spanish royalty is. Although his views are biased, his paintings do tell a story, which leave the viewer curious and stumped on the interpretation of his paintings. Additionally, Velazquez leaves his viewers to wonder what Velazquez really wanted them to learn from his art, the glory of being royal, or how the viewer should appreciate art and its peculiarities. All in all Velazquez uses the elements of baroque style, detailed colors, and precise positioning to convey a message that having a high social status is very crucial.
Those acts forced the monarchy to focus attention on these revolutionaries and give into their demands. This cycle of events slowly gave Robespierre and his followers more and more power. The shift in power gave more responsibility to more people, which John Locke believed was important for any functional government. Overall, the Enlightenment and the French Revolution focus on the same issues. With salons in Paris giving birth to new ideas and theories a french revolution was inevitable.
The Industrial Revolution that took place in the 1800’s was a radical change that began in England and soon enough had spread through Europe and America. As a result, social, political, and economical transformations took place and art shifted in style and subject themes flourished. The Philosophes, which were philosophers who dominated the French Enlightment and visited salons, contributed to the development of art criticism. The Rococo artistic style reflects the merriness that the wealthy people decorated their homes with, while the Neoclassical art style focused more on the middle class people and was distinguished by Western art and culture of Ancient Greece or Rome. The culture helped shape the Neoclassicism art style that represented the growth of a civilized society.
Henry manipulates the law and promotes his self-interest, asserting that he conquers France in defense of England. War becomes the backdrop for Henry’s conquest, and he uses Machiavelli’s principles to ascend quickly to power. A prince must use force to advance his principality. Warfare improves a nation because “where there are good arms there must be good laws” (The Prince,