Cast in Bronze: French Sculpture From Renaissance to Revolution at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, (212) 535-7710,, through May 24.

Review of The Man Who Outshone the Sun King, by Charles Drazin, a book about Nicolas Foucquet. “Drazin’s colourful and sure-footed biography takes this intriguing figure out of the shadows and paints a court where high culture and low cunning always danced in step.”

Review of The Courtier’s Secret, a historical novel by Donna Russo Morin, set in the court of the Sun King. “The best thing about this book is the detailed descriptions of the Versailles, the king and his court.”