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    Exhibition program at the palace of Versailles

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  • Extramural Exhibitions


    Discover the extramural exhibitions of the Palace of Versailles

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  • Festivities and Entertainment

    The infinite variety and ingenuity of entertainment provided at Court.

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  • The publications

    Catalogue of the publications of the palace of Versailles

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  • Salles Louis XIV


    In prelude to the visit to the Grands Apartements, the restored Louis XIV Rooms are now open.

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  • The Coach Gallery

    Reopening on 10 May 2016

    The collection of coaches will be exhibited in an entirely redesigned space.

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  • Redevelopment of the Pavillon

    A new visitors’reception area

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  • The Queen's State Apartment

    Closed for works

    New visitor tour from 5th January 2016

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  • Versailles in photo in CDG

    A photo exhibition dedicated to the Palace of Versailles organized in the airports of Paris

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  • Restoration and refurnishing

    Restoration and refurnishing works at the palace of Versailles

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  • The acquisitions of the Palace

    The last acquisitions of the palace of Versailles

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  • Archaeology in Versailles

    20 years of archaeological excavations in Versailles

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  • Symposiums and workshops

    The scientific activities of the Centre de recherche du château de Versailles

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  • Concerts in videos

    Discover the concerts recorded at the Palace of Versailles

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  • Centre de musique baroque

    Missions and program for the musical season

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  • Equestrian Show Academy

    A centre for equestrian shows and training, directed by Bartabas

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  • Versailles Festival 2016

    Versailles Festival 2016

    Concerts, operas, masked balls and shows : discover the programmation.

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The painted decor of the Abundance Salon

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Restoration of the Abundance Salon

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Abundance Salon




On 10 March 2014, the Palace of Versailles inaugurates the Abundance Salon after several years of restoration.

Ceiling of the Abundance Salon

The Abundance Salon

The last of the six rooms of the Grand Apartment, the Abundance Salon owes its name to the central artwork of its ceiling. The representation of three deities – Magnanimity, Magnificence and the Genius of Art - symbolises the benevolent power of the monarch while the cornucopia full of gold coins evokes the King's wealth.

Inside view of the Abundance SalonThe salon now connects the Hercules Salon with the King's Grand Apartment. However, the salon was originally the antechamber of Louis XIV's Medals Room, where the most beautiful art objects in the royal collections were kept. During "apartment" evenings, the salon was the refreshments room, where coffee, wine and liqueurs were served to court visitors.

Even though the Medals Room was eventually replaced by Louis XVI's Games Salon, the paintings depicting precious objects on the ceiling still allude to the treasures once kept in the adjoining room. 

The Decor

Completed in 1683 by the artist René-Antoine Houasse, a pupil and close assistant of Charles Lebrun, this salon is the only one in the Grand Apartment to have been painted in one piece, directly onto the plastered surface. 

Minerva, symbol of intellectual and military riches

On the arched ceiling's cloudy sky, several figures evoke four types of riches: the riches of the sea (Neptune), the riches of the earth (Pluto), natural and material riches (Asia) and intellectual and military riches (Minerva). 

Around the moulding, a trompe-l’oeil balustrade depicts precious objects and medals, including the jasper cup of Rudolf II, now kept at the Louvre. Above the door, we can see the King's imposing nef,  an extravagant table ornament that weighed twenty-six kilos in gold and was destroyed during the Revolution. 

See pictures of the painted decor


In 2011, a report on the state of the artwork revealed the need for in-depth restoration. Indeed, the painting was marred by wear, clumsy overpainting, and numerous opaque areas. In addition, deformations and cracks in the central part had altered the structure of the ceiling. With the help of the Centre de Recherche et de Restoration des Musées de France (C2RMF), a restoration campaign was conducted by a team of sixteen restorers. The restoration was completed at the end of January 2014. 

The ceiling during restoration

The Abundance was restored thanks to the sponsorship of MARTELL & Co

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