Franche-Comté taken for the second time, 1674

Charles Le Brun1681 - 1684

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

The Franche-Comté region had been conquered for the first time in fifteen days during the War of Devolution, from 3 to 19 February 1668. The region had been handed over to Spain following the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle. After being reconquered between February and May 1674, it remained part of France thereafter. The king is immobile in the middle of the tumult. The conquered towns are painted as grieving young women. They are dragged before the king by Mars who presents their coats of arms. The rock climbed by Hercules and Minerva in the background symbolises the citadel of Besançon. (Comments by Nicolas Milovanovic © RMN - EPV)

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  • Title: Franche-Comté taken for the second time, 1674
  • Date: 1681 - 1684
  • Provenance: Château de Versailles
  • Type: Painting
  • External Link: http://www.chateauversailles.fr
  • Titre: La Franche-Comté conquise pour la seconde fois, 1674
  • Painter: Charles Le Brun
  • Copyright: © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / René-Gabriel Ojéda / Franck Raux / montage Dominique Couto