7. AD 1712
   An edifice acknowledging the many portraits JMC commissioned of himself, none of which, unfortunately, has survived to this day. Despite the steady work JMC provided for a team of court painters, there is no evidence that his appreciation of art extended beyond his own image.
   JMC was quoted as saying, "Art is whatever I say it is," to which a critic responded, "Great art is whatever posterity says it is."

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