Exquisite photography of one of France’s most significant historical landmarks. The largest château in the world still holds a thousand and one hidden secrets. While Versailles has been described in detail since the reign of Louis XIV, numerous apartments in the palace and their outbuildings are inaccessible to the public due to their fragility or state of preservation. From the most renowned rooms to the gardens, passing through the Trianon or the Queen’s hamlet, Versailles contains many extraordinary details, transformed according to the light or the shadow. Whether it’s Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir, the wings of the Queen’s theater, or even the Orangerie on a beautiful wintery day, these singular photographs reveal the many facets of Versailles and offer readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure.
250 colour illustrations
250 colour illustrations
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book really put Versailles in some of the most intimate point of view. I read and collected many books on Versailles, including the quintessential book of Versailles by Gerald van der Kemp, but much has change to the edifice since that publication. This book shows Versailles in present condition, including the restored Cour de Marbre. Although it would be almost impossible to cover the whole chateau in one book, this book gave a significant examples of Versailles past glories including some of the intimate touch that makes the place more humane, especially the artifacts of Marie Antoinette, the ill fated queen. It is well worth the price for book of such calibre. The pictures are breathtakingly stunning. The best picture book of Versailles today.
The photos in this beautiful volume are indeed exquisite, and are gorgeously captured. Many are of a more intimate scale than those taken with the expansive grandeur and wide framing we are used to from other books on Versailles. Although I agree with other reviewers that I had hoped to see at least some photos of the rarely-seen private areas -- parts of the palace that are not on public view . . . I was still exceedingly happy with the intimate feeling and exceptional quality of this book. Photos in extreme close-up capture fantastic details . . . a section of parquet floor where the heel marks of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette can almost still be seen; the breathtaking adornments of the gilded crown of Marie Antoinette's harp; shots showing the miraculous detail of furniture ornamentation, attesting to the never-again-equalled artistry of ébénistes like David Roentgen and Jean Henri Riesener, Marie Antoinette's favorite cabinet-makers; close-ups of marquetry,...
The book is a beautiful volume covering many of the principal spaces of the chateau. The photography is magnificently beautiful. The text is written in vignettes with related photos in a broad scope and in detailed shots. I would have liked to have seen more of the obscure seldom seen anterooms and chambers. I also wished for comprehensive exterior shots of the principal facades. Overall, a wonderful volume on Versailles. Well worth the price.
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