Versailles: A Private Invitation

Versailles: A Private Invitation

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by Francis Hammond, Guillaume Picon
     
 

Exquisite photography of one of France’s most significant historical landmarks. The largest château in the world still holds a thousand and one hidden secrets. While Versailles has been described in detail since the reign of Louis XIV, numerous apartments in the palace and their outbuildings are inaccessible to the public due to their fragility or state

Overview

Exquisite photography of one of France’s most significant historical landmarks. The largest château in the world still holds a thousand and one hidden secrets. While Versailles has been described in detail since the reign of Louis XIV, numerous apartments in the palace and their outbuildings are inaccessible to the public due to their fragility or state of preservation. From the most renowned rooms to the gardens, passing through the Trianon or the Queen’s hamlet, Versailles contains many extraordinary details, transformed according to the light or the shadow. Whether it’s Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir, the wings of the Queen’s theater, or even the Orangerie on a beautiful wintery day, these singular photographs reveal the many facets of Versailles and offer readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure.

Editorial Reviews

Even without its rich political history, the palace and chateau of Versailles earn our attention. Long acclaimed as a masterpiece of architecture, interior design, and landscaping, this royal enclave has attracted millions of visitors, but most of them have never seen the numerous palace apartments and outbuildings that remain inaccessible to the public because of their state of preservation. Photographer Francis Hammond, however, received carte blanche access to these treasures to document their priceless treasures. From the Queen's theater to Marie Antoinette's boudoir; this full-scale Rizzoli pictorial presents sides of splendor that we have never before seen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9782080200761
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
12.30(w) x 10.02(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Francis Hammond’s photographs have been published in Mariage Frères French Tea (2003) and Elegant Entertaining (2009) and in lifestyle magazines such as Elle Décor and Martha Stewart Living. Béatrix Saule is chief curator and director of the research center at the Château de Versailles.

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Versailles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW! What a special volume. A treasure indeed...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most beautiful pictures I have ever seen of Versailles - great book!