The Brussels painter Adam Frans Van der Meulen (1632-1690) created quite a furore at the court of the French King Louis XIV (1638-1715) when he immortalised his military triumphs, embellished with the necessary pomp and bravado. However, the work depicting the royal couple’s entry into Douai in 1667 was even more astonishing! In this Phoebus Focus episode, Dr Leen Kelchtermans brings various subtleties and details to light, unravelling new insights into the creation and meaning of this work of art.
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