André Le Nôtre in perspectives
Exhibition in the Africa rooms
Discover the forthcoming exhibitions of the palace of Versailles
Equestrian Show Academy
A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas
Centre de musique baroque
Missions and program for the musical season 2012 - 2013
Shows at Versailles
Operas, concerts and ballets: discover the programme
Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles
Palace History Gallery
Opening of the Palace History Gallery of Versailles
A year to celebrate Le Nôtre
In 2013, the Palace of Versailles is paying tribute to André Le Nôtre, the creator of the gardens.
Versailles the other visit
A web-documentary about the unknown objects of Versailles.
The Water Theatre grove
A contemporary garden for the Water Theatre grove
Versailles in comic strip form
A co-edition palace of Versailles/Glénat
The Gabriel Chandelier
Installation of the Gabriel Chandelier, first permanent contemporary artwork
The acquisitions of the Palace
The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles
Archaeology in Versailles
20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles
Symposiums and workshops
The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles
Restoration and refurnishing
Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles
Restoration of the Belvedere
Restoration of the Belvedere and the Rock in the Estate of Marie-Antoinette.
Official opening of the restored and refurnished Mercury Salon
Restoration of the Latona Fountain
The apartments of Mesdames
Re-opening of the the newly restored and refurnished apartments of Mesdames
In November 2012, the restoration of the Latona Fountain will begin, thanks to a major partnership, with Fondation Philanthropia announce for the preservation of cultural heritage and the transmission of skills and expertise.
The Latona Fountain, with its marble tiers, rich lead and sculpted marble decoration, and intricate water features, is probably the most famous mast erpiece in the gardens of Versailles. Located in the centre of the east -west Grand Perspect ive, it marks the st art of the Royal Walk leading to the Apollo Fountain. It is the lynch pin of the hydraulic system of the park of Versailles: the water collected in its underground galleries supplies the other fountains of the park.
Today, over three centuries after it was built, its restoration has become imperative. Work is urgently needed on its infrast ructure, hydraulics and sculpted decorations. The deterioration, notably of the rimstones, has affected the overall stability of the structure and the waterproofing of the basin. The sculptures and the marble features are in a state of grave disrepair. The internal and external hydraulic system has also suffered a great deal of damage, and this has contributed to the current malfunctioning of the garden’s overall hydraulic system.
The work, which will begin in early November 2012 and run for 16 months, will be carried out in accordance with ancient techniques by numerous artisans, master craftsmen and engineers. In parallel, an educational exhibition will be organized to inform the general public and showcase the techniques and skills of the period.
By regenerating the appearance of the Latona Parterres, Fondation Philanthropia is helping restore the gardens to the original design of the “King’s gardener”. And the rest oration coincides with the 400th anniversary of the birth of André Le Nôtre, which is being celebrated in 2013.
“As soon as I arrived here, I saw that the Latona Fountain was highly damage and wanted to reinstate it to its former splendor. Restoring the masterpiece of the gardens that André Le Nôtre designed is the finest homage we can pay him, as we prepare to celebrate the 400th anniversary of his birth in 2013. Thanks to Fondation Philanthropia, we can also pay tribute to the artisans and craftsmen who keep alive the link of excellence between the past and the present.”
President of the Public Establishment of the Palace, Museum, and National Estate of Versailles
“Fondation Philanthropia has committed itself to the restoration of the Latona Fountain because transmitting heritage lies at the heart of our mission. At Versailles, this heritage not only takes the shape of an architectural masterpiece; it is also reflected in the immense wealth of expertise and skill embodied by the artisans and craft smen involved in its restoration.”
President of Fondation Philanthropia and Managing Partner of Lombard Odier & Cie