Hall of Mirrors
For its entire seventy three meters length, the gallery pays tribute to the political, economic and artistic success of France.
Political success: the thirty compositions on the ceiling, painted by Le Brun, depict the glorious history of Louis XIV during the first eighteen years of his personal reign, from 1661 to the Treaty of Nijmegen. Thus, military and diplomatic victories, as well as reforms with the aim of reorganising the kingdom are represented in the form of allegories to ancient times.
Economic prosperity: the dimensions and quantity of the three hundred and fifty seven mirrors, which adorn the seventeen arches facing the windows, bear witness to the fact that new French production was capable of breaking Venice's monopoly on mirrors, which were luxury items at the time.
Artistic success: the Rance marble pilasters topped with a new style of gilded bronze capitals, known as the "French order", created by Le Brun on the request of Colbert, display national emblems: a fleur de lys topped by the royal sun between two French cockerels.