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The Met And Two New Books Invite You To Tour Versailles

The Hall of Mirrors seen from the War Room.

Versailles is an evergreen topic. Its history – both glorious and scandalous – have been minefields of knowledge for historians, artists, architects, writers, directors ad infinitum. Its gardens having spawned imitations worldwide and continue to be cited with reverential tones by everyone from leading landscape architects to the humble backyard gardener. Movies and television shows have been based on the palace and its inhabitants, both royalty and commoners.

Such is the collective fascination with Versailles that scholars and writers are always finding new topics and perspectives to keep exciting us with tales from this grand palace. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York opens an exhibit tomorrow April 16 entitled Visitors to Versailles (1672-1789). Using an elaborate display of paintings, furniture, portraits, costumes and sculptures from the museum’s collections as well as loaned pieces from the Palace of Versailles and private collectors, the exhibition aims to showcase the sensory experience felt by visitors to the palace from the time Louis XIV move his court to Versailles until the revolution that led to the demise of Louis XVI. The museum has dedicated 12 galleries to the exhibit to transport museum goers to 15th century Versailles.

A new book on Versailles by Guillaume Picon with photographs by Francis Hammond.

There are also two newly released books focused on this grandest of chateaux. The first is Versailles: Private Invitation by Guillaume Picon which gives the armchair traveler an unprecedented access to the multitude of rooms in the palace as well as its extensive gardens. Celebrated photographer Francis Hammond was given free reign to photograph Versailles and what he produced are stunningly beautiful photographs that range from palatial rooms to sweeping garden views to closeup shots of furniture detail.

The second book is entitled Fashion And Versailles

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bluecarreon/2018/04/15/the-met-and-two-new-books-invite-you-to-tour-versailles/

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