I came back from São Paulo to join my last Patrons’ tour (to Paris and Rome).
We started with Versailles:-
Then, into the Queen’s Apartment, starting with the Salon d’Hercule, with ceiling paintings by François Le Moyne:-
Through into the Salon de Vénus, with its statue of Louis XIV by Jean Warin:-
And ceiling paintings by Le Brun:-
Next door is the Salon de Diane, with the bust of Louis XIV by Bernini:-
The Salon de Mercure with ceiling paintings by Jean-Baptiste de Champaigne:-
The Salon d’Apollon with Apollo in his Chariot by Charles de la Fosse:-
The Salon de la Guerre with Louis XIV by Coysevox:-
Then into the private apartments of Louis XV with its wood carving designed by A-J Gabriel in the late 1730s:-
Finally, we visited the ground-floor private apartments of Madame Victoire:-
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.