The Versailles Exhibition

We visited the National Gallery’s Versailles exhibition.    Of course, nothing can recreate the actual splendour of the palace and gardens at Versailles, but this exhibition of  “130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture items, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette” (from the blurb) is pretty impressive just the same.     In fact, you could say that because the exhibition is less overwhelming than the “real thing”, one better appreciates the detail.

Louis XIV

I was particularly fascinated by the room describing the efforts of the years to supply water to the complex.

Desk of the Dauphin, son of Louis XV
Barometer, 1773-75
Louis XIV giving instructions to La Perouse, 1786
Marie-Antoinette, 1783

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