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Exhibition

The Palace of Versailles organizes with the General Concil of Yvelines the exhibition Madame Elisabeth, a princess with a tragic destiny. This exhibition dedicated to Madame Elisabeth, the younger of the sisters of Louis XVI, takes place from 27 April to 21 July 2013 at the Estate of Madame Elisabeth (73 avenue de Paris à Versailles).

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Exhibition from 27 April to 21 July 2013, at the Estate of Madame Elisabeth, 73 avenue de Paris in Versailles.
The exhibition is open from tuesday to sunday from 12am to 6:30pm (closed on 1st May).
The park is open every day from 11am to 8pm at this time.

Free access for everyone (except guided visits).
The site is accessible to the people with reduced mobility.

Madame Elisabeth jouant de la harpe Madame Elisabeth playing the harp

A little-known princess

Who was the real Madame Elisabeth, the princess who never married and lived at Versailles with her brother Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette? When she turned nineteen, the King gave her the estate of Montreuil, a country house very close to the Palace of Versailles. Madame Elisabeth spent her days there in simple pursuits – music, science, painting, embroidery and games – surrounded by her friends. In 1789, when she was twenty-five years old, the age of majority for unmarried women, she was finally entitled to sleep at Montreuil. However, the events of the French Revolution dictated otherwise.

Rediscovering Madame Elisabeth’s life at Montreuil

This first major exhibition devoted to Madame Elisabeth is located in two areas of the estate. In the Residence, the furniture and objects with which the Princess surrounded herself have been assembled for the first time, conjuring up the lifestyle at Montreuil. The Orangery traces the life of the princess and the history of the estate.

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An original exhibition space design

130 works and objects have been assembled, including paintings, drawings, furniture, objets d’art, costumes, jewellery, and archive plans and documents. They come from the Palace of Versailles and several public and private collections and some exhibits have never previously been displayed. The exhibition space design aims to recreate the intimate atmosphere of Montreuil during the era of Madame Elisabeth. A multi-sensory tour allows visitors to experience this directly via perfumes, music, handling materials, and listening to contemporary accounts.

The grounds and the art of 18th century gardens

This tribute to the young princess also offers an opportunity to learn about the art of 18th century gardens. The grounds are laid out in the English landscape garden style and have retained their original feel, with a grotto and groves of trees. Beds of aromatic and medicinal plants have been recreated in front of the Orangery, conjuring up the figure of Lemonnier, Madame Elisabeth’s physician, who cultivated plants on the estate. The walk between the two exhibition venues is enlivened with topiary representing animals.

The curator of this exhibition is Juliette Trey, curator at the Palace of Versailles.

Exhibition organized with the General Concil of the Yvelines

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