Magazine N°42 - Château de Versailles
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Feature: Versailles, a European exception
One of a kind
From the late 17th century onwards, when sovereigns wanted to build a residence to match their ambition, Versailles was often cited as their example. But to what extent, exactly? And, in particular, isn’t the significance it is accorded – partly out of “national pride” – overestimated? By analysing its role in more detail and demonstrating the artistic effects on these various architectural programmes, we can get a better handle on the contribution made by the masterpiece that is the Palace of Versailles, which continues to make us the envy of myriad creators, designers and decorators.
(David Chanteranne, editor-in-chief of the magazine Château de Versailles. De l’Ancien regime à nos jours)
Versailles and me
Gérard Sabatier: “Versailles is a world in search of representation”
Versailles, a European exception
At the Palace
On some paintings of two Versailles courtiers
The stones of a wall take you into the story of Neptune and the Dragon’s water games.
Drawings for Versailles – Twenty years of acquisitions
James II, a king without a kingdom at Versailles
The Guitry-Lauzun Mansion opposite the Palace, a residence that stood for just nine years after it was built
Versailles in the spotlight
Louis XV’s private observatories
Two Troubadour vases for the Duchess of Berry
13 September 1751. The Great Stables fire
Archives and originals
Praying and petitioning at Versailles. Casts of worshippers and supplicants in Louis-Philippe’s Historic Galleries.
Co-publishers: Palace of Versailles and Éditions Soteca, 2021
Number of pages: 82
Issue: No. 42 (July-August-September 2021)
Size: 23 x 29.7 cm