Versailles on Paper: A Graphic Panorama of the Palace and Gardens of Louis XIV
This exhibition documents the contemporary representation of Versailles through an array of prints, books, maps, medals, and manuscripts. It highlights in particular those elements that today survive only on paper: ephemeral festivals; short-lived creatures (courtiers, animals, flowers); fragile groves and fountains too costly to maintain; and once celebrated masterpieces of art and architecture that were irrevocably destroyed or altered. The 'paper Versailles' is quite different from the one that millions of tourists visit every year and affords many unusual and surprising glimpses into a largely lost world.
Relevant research areas: Western Europe[ssba]