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Even though Gérôme was most famous for his work portraying the Near East and Ancient Rome, some of his greatest works were focused in portraying French history, and this piece is one of the most formidable instances of that. Painted in 1878 with the aim of composing the collection in the Château de Chantilly, where the eponymous Prince used to live, this oil on canvas was instead purchased by the American millionaire and patron of the arts William Henry Vanderbilt for the amount of 100.000 francs, who was already a great fan of the artist.
It portrays an important event in Modern French History, when King Louis XIV, the Sun King, received his cousin, the Grand Condé, in Versailles after the latter’s victory of the forces of William of Orange in the Battle of Seneffe. The Prince had been exiled from France after a series of internal power struggles had put him at odds with his monarch, and sought to restitute his standing in Louis’ court by fighting the enemies of France.
Now, after having achieved glory in the battlefield, the Grand Condé pays homage to Louis XIV in the Palace of Versailles. In celebration, the Sun King comes out to meet the war hero at the Staircase of the Ambassadors, breaking the usual protocol. Laurels are thrown at the general’s feet who, suffering from gout, pauses halfway up the staircase, genuflecting in honor of his royal cousin. The court of Louis XIV squeezes in the staircase and overlooking galleries to witness one of France’s most famous generals being brought back into the fold.
According to the letter written by Gérôme to accompany the painting in its trip to its buyer, the Grand Condé would have apologized for his tardiness, to which the King replied that it would be hard to walk quickly while carrying such a great amount of laurels. Gérôme portrays, then, in the Academic Classicist fashion, the moments before the exchange, the eve of action.
The portrayal was developed with minute detail, as Gérôme is said to have acquired a great collection of costumes to use as models, and to have meticulously studied contemporary portraits of members of Louis XIV’s court to populate the piece. Since the staircase where the action takes place had been remodeled under Louis XV, Gérôme had to use an engraving by Surge to create the setting.
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