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Gaston d’Orléans et l’Antiquité : Colloque, 2-4 octobre 2019, université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne

Abstract : The most recent studies devoted to Gaston d’Orléans (Pierre Gatulle, Gaston d’Orléans, entre mécénat et impatience du pouvoir, Champ-Vallon, 2012; Jean-Marie Constant, Gaston d’Orléans, Prince de la Liberté, Perrin, 2013, as well as, by the same authors, the catalogue for the exhibition organized at Blois in 2017: Gaston d’Orléans, prince rebelle et mécène, P.U.R., 2017) have shed new light on the multi-faceted image, a product of tradition and fantasy, of a prince around whom a sort of ‘parallel court’ was created, one which, in terms of its intellectual, artistic and ideological vitality, was comparable to those of the great seventeenth-century reigns, even though it was often obscured by the colourful and/or debatable aspects of Gaston d’Orléans’s political activities and private life. This multi-author work, which grew out of the colloquium ‘Gaston d’Orléans and Antiquity’ organized at the Université de Reims from 2 to 4 October 2019, adds to the studies that offer a more nuanced view of the romantic image that has for long been attached to Monsieur. The figure of Gaston d’Orléans, the brother then uncle of the king of France, does indeed lend itself to political, aesthetic and socio-cultural analysis, because throughout the reign of Louis XIII, and later in the context of the Fronde, this prince was a focal point for the expectations and projections of leading figures hostile to the rise of absolutism, as well as scholars and artists gravitating around his court who were inclined towards a social idealism that Gaston d’Orléans might have appeared to champion. The importance attached to the example of Antiquity by this century that was imbued with renewed humanism seems to us to provide an interesting new angle for the study of Monsieur’s image and his actions in the kingdom. The links with ancient Greece and Rome forged by Gaston himself, as well as by his entourage and his court, have thus been examined from three complementary perspectives.
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Céline Bohnert, Valérie Wampfler. Gaston d’Orléans et l’Antiquité : Colloque, 2-4 octobre 2019, université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Gaston d'Orléans et l'Antiquité, Oct 2019, Reims, France. Bulletin du Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles, 2021, ⟨10.4000/crcv.18977⟩. ⟨hal-03506549⟩

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