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Versailles: From Louis XIV to Jeff Koons

Author : Catherine Pégard,Mathieu da Vinha
Publisher : Assouline Publishing
Page : 6 pages
File Size : 40,7 Mb
Release : 2020-11-01
Category : Travel
ISBN : 9781614289623

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Versailles: From Louis XIV to Jeff Koons by Catherine Pégard,Mathieu da Vinha Pdf

Lavishly illustrated with archival images and beautiful photography, Versailles: From Louis XIV to Jeff Koons features insightful texts by Catherine Pégard, president of the Château de Versailles, with the collaboration of Mathieu da Vinha, scientific director of the Château de Versailles Research Center, revealing all the stories that have unfolded within this glorious monument.


Author : Antony Spawforth
Publisher : Macmillan
Page : 321 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : History
ISBN : 9780312357856

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Versailles by Antony Spawforth Pdf

A wide-reaching history of the old-regime palace evaluates eighteenth-century political and social aspects that have influenced modern France, in an account that covers such topics as the "perpetual house party," the consequences of the monarchy's relocation to Versailles, and the role of the palace in French national identity. 20,000 first printing.

Visitors to Versailles

Author : Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide,Bertrand Rondot
Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
Page : 396 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 2018-04-16
Category : Art
ISBN : 9781588396228

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Visitors to Versailles by Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide,Bertrand Rondot Pdf

What was it like to visit one of the most magnificent courts of Europe? Based on a wealth of contemporary documents and surviving works of art, this lavish book explores the experiences of those who swarmed the palace and grounds of Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy. Engaging essays describe methods of transportation, the elaborate codes of dress and etiquette, precious diplomatic gifts, royal audiences, and tours of the palace and gardens. Also presented are the many types of visitors and guests who eagerly made their way to this center of power and culture, including day-trippers and Grand Tourists, European diplomats, overseas ambassadors, incognito travelers, and Americans. Through paintings and portraits, furniture, costumes and uniforms, arms and armor, guidebooks, and other works of art, Visitors to Versailles illuminates what travelers encountered at court and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them. In bringing to life their experiences, this sumptuously illustrated volume reminds us why Versailles has enchanted generations of visitors from the ancien régime to the present day.

The Gardener of Versailles

Author : Alain Baraton
Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
Page : 296 pages
File Size : 54,8 Mb
Release : 2014-02-11
Category : Gardening
ISBN : 9780847842704

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The Gardener of Versailles by Alain Baraton Pdf

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 Finalist For gardening aficionados and Francophiles, a love letter to the Versailles Palace and grounds, from the man who knows them best. In Alain Baraton's Versailles, every grove tells a story. As the gardener-in-chief, Baraton lives on its grounds, and since 1982 he has devoted his life to the gardens, orchards, and fields that were loved by France's kings and queens as much as the palace itself. His memoir captures the essence of the connection between gardeners and the earth they tend, no matter how humble or grand. With the charm of a natural storyteller, Baraton weaves his own path as a gardener with the life of the Versailles grounds, and his role overseeing its team of eighty gardeners tending to 350,000 trees and thirty miles of walkways on 2,100 acres. He richly evokes this legendary place and the history it has witnessed but also its quieter side that he feels privileged to know. The same gardens that hosted the lavish lawn parties of Louis XIV and the momentous meeting between Marie Antoinette and the Cardinal de Rohan remain enchanted, private places where visitors try to get themselves locked in at night, lovers go looking for secluded hideaways, and elegant grandmothers secretly make cuttings to take back to their own gardens. A tremendous best seller in France, The Gardener of Versailles gives an unprecedentedly intimate view of one of the grandest places on earth. From the Hardcover edition.

The Battle of Versailles

Author : Robin Givhan
Publisher : Flatiron Books
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 43,7 Mb
Release : 2015-03-17
Category : Design
ISBN : 9781250053855

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On November 28, 1973, the world's social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an international fashion show. By the time the curtain came down on the evening's spectacle, history had been made and the industry had been forever transformed. This is that story. Conceived as a fund-raiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV's palace, in the late fall of 1973, five top American designers faced off against five top French designers in an over-the-top runway extravaganza. An audience filled with celebrities and international jet-setters, including Princess Grace of Monaco, the Duchess of Windsor, Paloma Picasso, and Andy Warhol, were treated to an opulent performance featuring Liza Minnelli, Josephine Baker, and Rudolph Nureyev. What they saw would forever alter the history of fashion. The Americans at the Battle of Versailles– Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Anne Klein, Halston, and Stephen Burrows – showed their work against the five French designers considered the best in the world – Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, and Marc Bohan of Christian Dior. Plagued by in-fighting, outsized egos, shoestring budgets, and innumerable technical difficulties, the American contingent had little chance of meeting the European's exquisite and refined standards. But against all odds, the American energy and the domination by the fearless models (ten of whom, in a groundbreaking move, were African American) sent the audience reeling. By the end of the evening, the Americans had officially taken their place on the world's stage, prompting a major shift in the way race, gender, sexuality, and economics would be treated in fashion for decades to come. As the curtain came down on The Battle of Versailles, American fashion was born; no longer would the world look to Europe to determine the stylistic trends of the day, from here forward, American sensibility and taste would command the world's attention. Pulitzer-Prize winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan offers a lively and meticulously well-researched account of this unique event. The Battle of Versailles is a sharp, engaging cultural history; this intimate examination of a single moment shows us how the world of fashion as we know it came to be.


Author : Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 1991
Category : Architecture and state
ISBN : 1558592288

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Versailles by Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos Pdf

Tracing the transformation of Louis XIII's modest hunting lodge into the spectacular showplace of the French monarchy, photographs of the architecture, interiors, and gardens include research on the architecturally innovative and influential palace.

The Story of Versailles

Author : Francis Loring Payne
Publisher : DigiCat
Page : 102 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2022-09-16
Category : Travel
ISBN : EAN:8596547350354

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The Story of Versailles by Francis Loring Payne Pdf

DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Story of Versailles" by Francis Loring Payne. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

A Day at Versailles

Author : Yves Carlier
Publisher : Flammarion-Pere Castor
Page : 232 pages
File Size : 52,6 Mb
Release : 2014-04
Category : Architecture
ISBN : UCSD:31822038984506

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A Day at Versailles by Yves Carlier Pdf

The Chateau de Versailles is one of the most beautiful and fascinating achievements of eighteenth-century French art. This unique book offers readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure. The world's most iconic chateau has welcomed tourists the world over, yet this handsome slipcased volume offers up the charm of a thousand and one hidden places in the chateau, its gardens, and pavilions. All were designed to surprise and delight the eye and all the senses at every turn, their ornate decoration forming an integral part of the elite lifestyle of the eighteenth century. This comprehensive volume captures the exquisite setting and inimitable ambience of Versailles and its gardens, from its intimate private spaces usually closed to the general public to the charming Petit Trianon and dairy farm created for the pure pleasure of Marie-Antoinette.

The Enemies of Versailles

Author : Sally Christie
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2017-03-21
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781501103049

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The Enemies of Versailles by Sally Christie Pdf

In the final installment of Sally Christie’s “tantalizing” (New York Daily News) Mistresses of Versailles trilogy, Jeanne Becu, a woman of astounding beauty but humble birth, works her way from the grimy back streets of Paris to the palace of Versailles, where the aging King Louis XV has become a jaded and bitter old philanderer. Jeanne bursts into his life and, as the Comtesse du Barry, quickly becomes his official mistress. “That beastly bourgeois Pompadour was one thing; a common prostitute is quite another kettle of fish.” After decades of suffering the King's endless stream of Royal Favorites, the princesses of the Court have reached a breaking point. Horrified that he would bring the lowborn Comtesse du Barry into the hallowed halls of Versailles, Louis XV’s daughters, led by the indomitable Madame Adelaide, vow eternal enmity and enlist the dauphine Marie Antoinette in their fight against the new mistress. But as tensions rise and the French Revolution draws closer, a prostitute in the palace soon becomes the least of the nobility’s concerns. Told in Christie’s witty and engaging style, the final book in The Mistresses of Versailles trilogy will delight and entrance fans as it once again brings to life the sumptuous and cruel world of eighteenth century Versailles, and France as it approaches irrevocable change.


Author : Catherine Pegard,Christophe Fouin
Publisher : Thames & Hudson
Page : 272 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 2017-06-28
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 0500519862

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Versailles by Catherine Pegard,Christophe Fouin Pdf

'The Ch�teau de Versailles is a real photographic challenge because it is so huge: there is an infinite number of possible points of view and they are never the same, depending on the time of day, the weather or the season... There are always new photos to take, to contemplate, to dream of. It is a demanding place that stimulates creativity and encourages you to look at it again and again' Thomas Garnier Versailles is one of the most photographed places in the world, but only four people have the privilege of being the Palace's official photographers. They have uniquely unfettered access to the secrets that lie within, outside and beneath this enormous domain where they spend their days - and sometimes their nights. Now, for the first time, they open their personal albums to offer a wealth of impressions and responses. Two hundred and fifty previously unpublished photographs reveal a plethora of outstanding artworks, the private apartments of Louis XIV, MarieAntoinette and Madame de Pompadour, magnificent galleries, the delightful Orangerie and more, all accompanied by texts that provide a lively introduction to daily life at the Ch�teau and its momentous history. This is a monumental volume on a scale that matches the grandeur of the worldrenowned Palace it celebrates.

Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet at Versailles

Author : Jacques Moulin
Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 52,9 Mb
Release : 2019-11-12
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9782080204103

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Trianon and the Queen's Hamlet at Versailles by Jacques Moulin Pdf

Exceptional new photography brings readers behind the scenes of the Trianons and Marie Antoinette's Hamlet at Versailles--including areas usually closed to the public. Life in the Château de Versailles was dense with pomp and circumstance, and the royals often craved a quiet moment with friends and lovers far from the din of the court. Hidden away from the palace on the grounds nearby, the kings built the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon, and the Queen's Hamlet, where they could slip away to entertain their inner circle. This book explores every aspect of life at these private outbuildings, from the furnishings and gardens to the history and inhabitants. In 1687, the sun king Louis XIV conceived of the Grand Trianon and its exceptional parterres and fountains as a seamless link between court and garden--a private retreat where he could withdraw with his family and escape the heavy hand of protocol. Louis XV commissioned the Petit Trianon, a neoclassical masterpiece with four unique facades, its famous menagerie, and botanical gardens. Louis XVI bestowed the Petit Trianon on Marie Antoinette; in her gardens and picturesque hamlet and farm, the queen's presence is more tangible here than anywhere else at Versailles. This handsome volume, with newly commissioned photography, is both a historical testimony and an intimate visit on the grounds of the palace of Versailles.

Fashion and Versailles

Author : Laurence Benaïm
Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 44,9 Mb
Release : 2018-02-06
Category : Design
ISBN : 9782080203359

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Fashion and Versailles by Laurence Benaïm Pdf

The Château de Versailles—the indisputable birthplace of fashion—continues to inspire glamour and style today. The royal residence of Versailles—this unparalleled seat of power and seduction—is an important influence on contemporary fashion, inspiring passions and vocations. Since the establishment of the world’s first dress codes under the rule of Louis XIV to incite the whims of the queens and royal mistresses, fashion at Versailles has been a constant and inexhaustible source of inspiration for designers, photographers, decorators, and directors and has launched countless fashion revolutions. Courtesan Madame de Montespan launched the “innocente” robe to camouflage pregnancy, Sofia Coppola memorialized Marie-Antoinette in extravagant wigs and pastel hues, and Annie Leibovitz captured Kirsten Dunst in a delicate taffeta-and-chiffon Alexander McQueen gown against the dramatic backdrop of a peristyle at Versailles. Haute couture in the 1950s launched the cinched-waist “neo-trianon” trend. Karl Lagerfeld used the château’s gardens as the runway for his 2013 cruise collection featuring Versailles-influenced crinoline dresses and brocade jackets. This stunning volume showcases the best of fashion inspired by Versailles, set against the exquisite background of the most spectacular palace in the world.

The Palace of Versailles

Author : Bruno Le Normand
Publisher : Moonlight Publishing
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 53,5 Mb
Release : 2012-06
Category : Gardens
ISBN : 1851033734

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The Palace of Versailles by Bruno Le Normand Pdf

Explores the palace and its grounds, in a text with transparent pages.


Author : Colin Jones
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Page : 218 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2018-08-09
Category : History
ISBN : 9781786693945

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Versailles by Colin Jones Pdf

Few buildings carry such a freight of historical symbolism as the Palace of Versailles. First built as a hunting lodge by Louis XIII in the early seventeenth century, then radically repurposed by his absolutist son Louis XIV, Versailles became the focus of that king's centralised power. Drawing on a new wave of research in recent years, particularly on the buildings and material culture of Versailles, Colin Jones, distinguished historian of early modern France, describes the various building campaigns undertaken by Louis XIV and his formal installation of his court at Versailles in 1682; the ritualized rhythms of life at the court of the Sun King; the palace's variegated fortunes under Revolution, First Empire, Restoration and July Monarchy; its return to the political stage in the Franco-Prussian War; its later role as a venue for treaty signings and proclamations; and its continuing legacy as imposing physical embodiment of the ancien régime.

The Gardens of Versailles

Author : Pierre-André Lablaude
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 200 pages
File Size : 40,9 Mb
Release : 1995
Category : Gardens
ISBN : UCSD:31822021386131

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The Gardens of Versailles by Pierre-André Lablaude Pdf

Throughout the nineteenth century, the gardens were maintained, restored and replanted, and today they are being further restored to their original state, reflecting the most significant contributions made by each of the preceding periods.