From the seat of power to a museum of the history of France
A place of intimacy
The art of perspective
A haven of greenery
Wednesday January 26th 2022
Based on the myth of Orpheus trying to rescue his wife Eurydice from the Underworld, Orfeo was a milestone in the history of music, marking the musical end of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Baroque, placing 'the individual at the centre of the new musical world'.
Life on the estate
A great lover of the dramatic arts, Marie-Antoinette eventually grew tired of the temporary stages knocked together for performances in the gallery of the Grand Trianon and the orangery of the Petit Trianon. Once she had decided to commission her personal architect Richard Mique to build her a real theatre, work was completed in spring 1780, and the official inauguration was on 1 June.
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22,000 artworks to discover online
With 60,000 artworks, collections of Versailles illustrate 5 centuries of French History. This set reflects the dual vocation of the Palace once inhabited by the sovereigns and then a museum dedicated "to all the glories of France" inaugurated by Louis-Philippe in 1837.