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Despot Style: The Iconography of Power, Part 2 Retrospect

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by Anna Hoffman (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) last modified Sep 08, 2011

I bet you think this is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, a classic example of Despot Style — but it's not! Read on to find out which monarch created an enlarged replica… Last week on Re




 

 

9-8-herrenchlemsee.jpgI bet you think this is the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, a classic example of Despot Style — but it's not! Read on to find out which monarch created an enlarged replica…

Last week on Retrospect, we began a quick survey of 'Despot Style,' or the decor favored by absolutist rulers whose furnishings become a kind of manifestation or even legitimization of their power and privilege. Many readers noted how gaudy and over-the-top this style can be — it's kind of the "Because I Can" school of decorating. But though Emperor Nero's porphyry basin wasn't exactly subtle, last week's examples are no match for today's: let's continue the survey, from Louis XIV to Gaddafi.



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