Etat des lieux Collection
Directed by Pierre-André Lablaude
With Artlys' éditions, 2015
24 x 22 cm, 84 p., 17.00 €
ISBN : 978-2-85495-617-7
bilingual book french - english
Its garden, its golden lead peasants and animals, its water effects and its gorgeous marble sculpture at the top make Latona Fountain a gem at the heart of the Gardens of Versailles. Designed by Le Nôtre in 1665 and embellished by Hardouin-Mansart, it has regained today its splendor thanks to exemplary restoration works.
This book tells the story of this masterpiece and reviews step by step the process of its renovation, which was a success thanks to the extraordinary skills of the gardeners, hydraulic engineers, masons, stone and marble quarries, marble and metal restorers, molders, slater-plumbers and gilders who partook.
Latona Fountain’s History
The building of a masterpiece
The legend of Latona
An exceptional restoration site
The restoration of the Fountain and its surrounding garden
"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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