May’s almanac - The Universal Festivities, 1683
This almanac celebrates the birth of the Duke of Bourgogne, grandson of the king Louis XIV.
The female figures hold prints depicting the celebrations held throughout Europe to mark the royal birth. Images were essential in communicating the message that the Bourbon dynasty – still relatively young and recently threatened by civil war – was here to stay. The sheet celebrates both the continuity of Louis XIV’s line and illustrates the power of print.
By Rachel Jacobs, curator.