The Rock and the Belvedere in Versailles by Claude-Louis Chatelet
The Belvedere and the Rock of the English garden of the Petit Trianon are faithfully depicted here by Claude-Louis Chatelet. The painter has, however, added a bridge and a pergola with columns between the pavilion and the Rock where in reality there was only a timber walkway. This oil on canvas repeats the view of a watercolour painted by Chatelet for the collection of plans and views of the Petit Trianon given in 1786 by Marie-Antoinette to one of her brothers, the Archduke Ferdinand, Duke of Brigsau and governor of Lombardy on his visit to Trianon (Modena, Biblioteca Estense).
The painting with its daytime view is very close to The Illumination of the Belvedere and the Rock of the Petit Trianon in 1781 in honour of the Comte de Provence, the king’s brother, or the Emperor of Austria Joseph II (MV 7796), also by Chatelet, dated 1781 and kept in Versailles. The pergola is absent here, while the timber walkway is clearly shown.
The Rock and the Belvedere will join the Night Festivity (MV 8384, donated by Baroness Liliane de Rothschild) and The Illumination, hung on the second floor of the Petit Trianon, from which one can in fact see the Belvedere