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Highlight: Decorative Arts of the Kings
Highlight: Decorative Arts of the Kings

Highlight: Decorative Arts of the Kings
Sevres, d'apres Louis-Simon Boizot, Bust of Marie Antoinette, 1782. Porcelain. H. 15-3/4 inches. Musee du Louvre. Photo by Peter Harnholdt.

High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree Street, Midtown Atlanta, GA
Opening March 3, 2007
For more information visit www.high.org. For tickets 404.733.5000

The unparalleled opulence of the courts of Kings Louis XIV, Louis XV, and Louis XVI are embodied in the exquisitely crafted objects they commissioned. As part of their three-year partnership with the Musee de Louvre, the High examines the private lives of the three Louis's of France through works on loan from the permanent collection of the Musee. The exhibition's fifty-three masterworks, on view in the United States for the first time, include Les Gobelins tapestries, Sevres porcelain, and silver by Germain and Auguste. Highlights include the only French royal crown to have survived the Revolution -- the jeweled crown made for Louis XV's coronation in 1722; a tureen and platter made for Marie-Antoinette, manufactured by Sevres Porcelain in 1784; one of the twelve surviving tapestries known as The Hunts of Maximilian, designed by Bernard van Orley, and acquired by Louis XIV in 1665. This is the third of nine exhibitions that will follow the development of the Louvre from the seventeenth century through the present, with each exhibit focusing on a specific moment in the museum's history.

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