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The King’s Flowers

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The King’s Flowers

From 2 July to 29 September 2013, discover the exhibition The King’s Flowers. Paintings, watercolours on vellum & parterres at the Grand Trianon.

The exhibition


As part of the Year of Le Nôtre, the exhibition The King’s Flowers. Paintings, watercolours on vellum and parterres recreates over the summer the refined and mannered atmosphere that dominated in the gardens of the Grand Trianon during the Ancien Régime.

Thanks to an exceptional loan from the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, the exhibition presents the masterpieces of the royal collection of watercolours on vellum initiated by Gaston d’Orléans, the uncle of Louis XIV. Alongside these delicate and fragile botanical works, it present archive documents and flower paintings from the collections of the Palace of Versailles.

The exhibition also evokes the ephemeral first palace of Trianon, the Porcelain Trianon, and recreates the scents of Flora’s Palace thanks to the historic replanting of the parterres of the Grand Trianon by the gardeners of Versailles, based on documents from the period.

Presentation of the exhibition

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Pratical informations


The exhibition is held at the Grand Trianon, in the Cotelle gallery, in the Gardens salon and in the Salon Frais (summer dining-room).

From 2 July to 29 September 2013.
Every day except Monday, from 12:00 to 6:30 pm.
Entry included in these tickets:  Passeport and Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette's Estate.

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Family Visits
Download the discovery trail guide of the exhibition available in english and in french.

Le Grand Trianon et ses jardins The Grand Trianon and its gardens

Curatorship


Jérémie Benoît
, Chief Curator of the National Museum of the Palaces of Versailles and Trianon
Pascale Heurtel, Chief Curator of the Library of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Gabriela Lamy, garden historian, Applied Arts Master Gardener in the Gardens department of Trianon

Partners of the exhibition

Exceptional loans from the
Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
  Exhibition produced thanks to the support of the
General Council of the Yvelines department
 
    With the patronage of SEM espaces verts

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This exhibition is organised as part of the Year of Le Nôtre which celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, designer of the gardens of Versailles.

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