Versailles

I came back from São Paulo to join my last Patrons’ tour (to Paris and Rome).

We started with Versailles:-

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Then, into the Queen’s Apartment, starting with the Salon d’Hercule, with ceiling paintings by François Le Moyne:-

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Through into the Salon de Vénus, with its statue of Louis XIV by Jean Warin:-

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And ceiling paintings by Le Brun:-

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Next door is the Salon de Diane, with the bust of Louis XIV by Bernini:-

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The Salon de Mercure with ceiling paintings by Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne:-

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The Salon d’Apollon with Apollo in his Chariot by Charles de la Fosse:-

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The Salon de la Guerre with Louis XIV by Coysevox:-

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Then into the private apartments of Louis XV with its wood carving designed by A-J Gabriel in the late 1730s:-

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Finally, we visited the ground-floor private apartments of Madame Victoire:-

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I was brought up not to like or admire the architecture of Versailles: too rich, too opulent, too Louis XIV. I wish I had paid its history more attention.

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One thought on “Versailles

  1. Mark Fisher says:

    It IS rich, and opulent, and over the top, but it is brilliant, literally.

    And Versailles is remarkable, inside and outside.

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