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Visitors to Versailles

Author : Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide,Bertrand Rondot
Publisher : Metropolitan Museum of Art
Page : 396 pages
File Size : 49,7 Mb
Release : 2018-04-16
Category : Art
ISBN : 9781588396228

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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.


Author : Tony Spawforth
Publisher : St. Martin's Press
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 46,5 Mb
Release : 2010-03-16
Category : History
ISBN : 1429928786

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The behind-the-scenes story of the world's most famous palace, painting a picture of the way its residents truly lived and examining the palace's legacy, from French history through today The story of Versailles is one of historical drama, under the last three kings of France's old regime, mixed with the high camp and glamour of the European courts, all in an iconic home for the French arts. The palace itself has been radically altered since 1789, and the court was long ago swept away. Versailles sets out to rediscover what is now a vanished world: a great center of power, seat of royal government, and, for thousands, a home both grand and squalid, bound by social codes almost incomprehensible to us today. Using eyewitness testimony as well as the latest historical research, Spawforth offers the first full account of Versailles in English in over thirty years. Blowing away the myths of Versailles, he analyses afresh the politics behind the Sun King's construction of the palace and shows how Versailles worked as the seat of a royal court. He probes the conventional picture of a "perpetual house party" of courtiers and gives full weight to the darker side: not just the mounting discomfort of the aging buildings but also the intrigue and status anxiety of its aristocrats. The book brings out clearly the fateful consequences for the French monarchy of its relocation to Versailles and also examines the changing place of Versailles in France's national identity since 1789. Many books have told the stories of the royals and artists living in Versailles, but this is the first to turn its focus on the palace itself---from architecture and politics to scandal and restoration.

The Battle of Versailles

Author : Robin Givhan
Publisher : Flatiron Books
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 51,5 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 : Colin Jones
Publisher : Basic Books
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 49,9 Mb
Release : 2018-11-20
Category : History
ISBN : 9781541673458

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The vivid story of the creation, renovation, and enduring legacy of the most famous building in France: the palace of Versailles Nothing represents the glorious and fraught history of France quite like the Palace of Versailles. Made famous by the absolutist king Louis XIV, Versailles became legendary for the splendor of its revels-but then, after the Revolution of 1789, it fell into disrepute as a reminder of royal excess and abuse of power. Subsequent French governments struggled with how to handle the opulent palace and grounds-should the site be memorialized, trivialized, rehabilitated, or even destroyed outright? Drawing on a new wave of recent research, historian Colin Jones masterfully traces the evolution of Versailles as a space of royal politics and aristocratic pleasures, a building of mythic status, and one of the world's great tourist destinations. Accessible and compelling, this book is a must-read for all Francophiles.

Vaux and Versailles

Author : Stella Spriet,Claire Goldstein
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 47,5 Mb
Release : 2008-01-09
Category : Art
ISBN : 0812240588

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Vaux and Versailles by Stella Spriet,Claire Goldstein Pdf

Goldstein shows how the connection between Vaux and Versailles is at the heart of classical style. She retraces the roots of Versailles in Fouquet's short-lived experiment, and destabilises any easy understanding of the court of the Sun King as the origin of French national style.

The Enemies of Versailles

Author : Sally Christie
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 416 pages
File Size : 43,8 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 : Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 0 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 1991
Category : Architecture and state
ISBN : 1558592288

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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.

Versailles and the Mechanics of Power

Author : Ad Graafland,Arie Graafland
Publisher : 010 Publishers
Page : 166 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 2003
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 906450492X

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The Gardener of Versailles

Author : Alain Baraton
Publisher : Rizzoli Publications
Page : 296 pages
File Size : 43,9 Mb
Release : 2014-02-11
Category : Gardening
ISBN : 9780847842704

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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 Sisters of Versailles

Author : Sally Christie
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Page : 432 pages
File Size : 53,9 Mb
Release : 2015-09
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781501102967

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Court intriguers are beginning to sense that young King Louis XV, after seven years of marriage, is tiring of his Polish wife. The race is on to find a mistress for the royal bed. The King's scheming ministers push Louise, the eldest of the aristocratic Nesle sisters, into the arms of the King. Over the following decade, of the five Nesle sisters-- Louise, Pauline, Diane, Hortense, and Marie-Anne-- four will become mistresses to King Louis XV. All will conspire, betray, suffer, and triumph in a desperate fight for both love and power.

© Murakami

Author : Takashi Murakami,Paul Schimmel,Dick Hebdige,Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Publisher : Rizzoli International Publications
Page : 327 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 2007
Category : Art
ISBN : 0847830039

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© Murakami by Takashi Murakami,Paul Schimmel,Dick Hebdige,Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, Calif.) Pdf

In conjunction with the first major retrospective of his work, "Murakami" traces artist Takashi Murakamis global impact socially, culturally, and historically. Representing output from original works of art to mass-produced multiples, the volume also considers the implications of his working methods within the tradition of the Western avant-garde.Rizzoli

A Day at Versailles

Author : Yves Carlier
Publisher : National Geographic Books
Page : 232 pages
File Size : 54,7 Mb
Release : 2014-04
Category : Architecture
ISBN : UCSD:31822038984506

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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 Treaty of Versailles

Author : Boemeke, Manfred Franz Boemeke,Manfred F. Boemeke,Gerald D. Feldman,Elisabeth Glaser,Elisabeth Gläser,Professor of History Gerald D Feldman
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Page : 696 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 1998-09-13
Category : History
ISBN : 0521621321

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The Treaty of Versailles by Boemeke, Manfred Franz Boemeke,Manfred F. Boemeke,Gerald D. Feldman,Elisabeth Glaser,Elisabeth Gläser,Professor of History Gerald D Feldman Pdf

This text scrutinizes the motives, actions, and constraints that informed decision making by the various politicians who bore the principal responsibility for drafting the Treaty of Versailles.

Notes and Queries

Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 832 pages
File Size : 44,6 Mb
Release : 1870
Category : Questions and answers
ISBN : IND:30000093631533

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The Louvre and Versailles

Author : Christopher Tadgell
Publisher : Routledge
Page : 612 pages
File Size : 50,7 Mb
Release : 2020-05-01
Category : Architecture
ISBN : 9780429534164

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The Louvre and Versailles by Christopher Tadgell Pdf

This book traces the evolution of the great palaces of the Louvre and Versailles, from Pierre Lescot’s designs for expanding the former in the mid-16th century to the successive grands projets for the transformation of the latter over the course of the 18th century. Detailed architectural analysis is set in the context of the development of the medieval monarchy towards absolutism, the significance of Hispano-Burgundian court etiquette as a formative influence on planning, and the effect of the French monarchy’s financial incontinence on royal building ambitions. On the basis of exhaustive original research, recalling contemporary testimony and re-examining the works themselves, the book challenges recent scholarly accounts of the contributions of Claude Perrault and François Mansart to the Louvre and demonstrates the influence of schemes by Italian masters Pietro Cortona and Bernini on Ange-Jacques Gabriel’s designs for rebuilding Versailles. Finally, the book looks at the influence of the great French palaces on those seeking to emulate their ambition, from Stockholm in the late 17th century to the deliriously opulent late 19th-century palace of Ludwig II of Bavaria at Herrenchiemsee. The book includes a wealth of illustrative material and supporting documents, which bring this comprehensive and authoritative text to life.