Judge, Jury & Executioner

2016 Oil on Italian Linen 120 x 120cm

 

When you strip away the pomp and palaces, being a King is just a job. Albeit one that is awarded at the moment of conception. And like any job, periodically they have performance reviews. What differs from most is historically these involved violence, mayhem and the loss of heads.

Louis XIV had this job. A kind of CEO if you like. And he made some curious business choices. Like moving the entire Court from the Louvre to Versailles, thereby severing any semblance of connection to the actual people of France. And while he lived a blessed and carefree life, his successor was obliged to shoulder the consequences - in the form of an extreme performance review that involved the rapid interaction of a sharp object and his neck.

They didn’t really go in for the whole three warnings bit back then.