The Petite Galerie of the Musée du Louvre is hosting the ‘Power Plays’ exhibition as of now. It started in September 27 and will end on July 02, 2018. The museum in Paris reveals the connection between fine arts and power of politics in the exhibit.
Art becomes a powerful tool in the hands of oppositions to ruling governance, who may use it as a form of self-representation to overthrow an established order by means of protestations. The public exposition held in the Louvre Museum’s gallery chronicles 40 artworks that spans from Antiquity period to modern day and they all recall the connection.
The exhibition is divided into 4 sections. Petite Galerie’s first room explores ‘Princely Roles’ or the functions of a king, a priest, a warrior or a protector through different kinds of artistic media. As an example of ‘Princely Roles’, the gallery exhibits works of art which comprises of a portrait of King Louis XIII by Philippe de Champaigne, an Egyptian pendant named ‘Triad of Osorkon II’, and an altarpiece by Léonard Limosin to name a few.
The second room of the Petite Galerie is devoted to ‘Legitimacy through Persuasion’, which focuses on artworks that are symbolic of Henry IV of France exploring the legitimacy he showed during his early reign in 1580’s, and his model figure among Bourbon people when a war broke out only to make him establish that legitimacy to the French throne. The aura of the French King is personified through the sculptures by François-Joseph Bosio and Barthélémy Prieur, as well as through the paintings by Frans Pourbus the Younger, and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.
The third room of the Petite Galerie is themed ‘The Antique Model’, and features statues of riders mounted on horses. The Louvre Museum has plenty of such artworks including ‘Barberini Ivory leaf’, an Equestrian statue of Charles the Bald, and Louis XIV’s statue by François Girardon.
The ‘Power Plays’ exhibit’s final section, titled ‘The Insignia of Power’, chronicles the paintings of monarchs, including a portrait of Louis XVI by Antoine-François Callet, Napoleon I’s by François Gérard, and Louis Philippe’s by Franz-Xaver Winterhalter. The Petite Galerie’s fourth room also exhibits an object known as regalia that were used during the crowning of former French Kings. ‘The Insignia of Power’ also outlines the representational changes in fine arts as influenced by the French Revolution. You can understand that more when on Louvre tours.