donderdag, december 01, 2011

Guillaume Dubois by Rigaud

Stéphane Perreau's well documented, excellent blog on Louis XIV' court painter Hyacinthe Rigaud recently featured his magnificent 1723 portrait of Cardinal Guillaume Dubois (1656-1723; see also elsewhere on this blog). The painting (frequently used in my conference presentations) is a gift from heaven for historians of public international law, as it displays the cardinal, main artisan of France's post-Ludovican foreign policy, in front of four books, two to three of which are closely associated to the legal domain. I know no better expression of the symbolic and cultural importance of law as a means of distinction in the Ancien Régime political society.

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