For some years now the Palace of Versailles, in partnership with Google Arts & Culture, has been developing innovative projects to promote its heritage.
Brady Haran at the palace of Versailles
Brady Haran is taking us to the Palace of Versailles to meet the mistresses of Louis XV of France and visit their private apartments.
On the opening of the Gallery of the History of the Palace, the Palace of Versailles and Google open a new website: www.versailles3d.com.
Those exhibitions specially developed to be seen on the web enable you to discover new topics: with the union of Google's technologies and artworks carrefully chosen by the curators, immerse yourself in the interactive fresco and discover the paintings, the sculptures and the engravings in a new light.
Louis XIV / Nicolas Fouquet: a certain history of taste
This exhibition takes a new look at Louis XIV and Nicolas Fouquet, two men of power that history has all too often shown in conflict, forgetting what they had in common, notably their tastes and artistic influences.
Curators of the exhibition: Lynda Frenois, Manager of the Palace of Vaux-le-Vicomte and its collections, and Mathieu Da Vinha, Scientific Director of the Palace of Versailles Research Centre
Louis XIV, the construction of a political image
Over 200 painted portraits and 750 engravings depicting the Sun-King's omnipotence have survived. This exhibition presents a selection of the most significant of them and, through Louis XIV's different portraits, show that the monarch was able, like no one else, to render art into an instrument of power.
Curator of the exhibition: Béatrice Sarrazin, curator in charge of the XVIIe century paintings.
Through photos of the domain, taken since the invention of photography at the XIXe century, discover the contemporary history of the Palace: official visits of foreign heads of state, views of the park following 1999's storm, restorations, and portfolios left by famous photographers.
Curator of the exhibition: Karine McGrath, responsible for the archives.
"With the support of the State, but also of all the people who love Versailles, we are fighting. We hope to get through this difficult period without letting go of what makes the Estate’s core greatness, so that it continues to shine throughout the world ", Catherine Pégard, President.
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