October 28, 2012

Versailles and Antiquity #exhibition

The newest exhibition featured at the Palace of Versailles will bring over 200 art objects together that trace the inspirations classic antiquity held over Versailles. The exhibition will feature art works that have not been to Versailles since their removal during the time of the Revolution. It will be on view from November 13 2012-March 17 2013.
"The exhibition will bring back to Versailles about fifty antiques that it possessed during the Ancien Régime..Also for the first time, sets of works hitherto scattered around different institutions are brought together again and works invisible to the public for decades are once again on view."

Many of the pieces on display were purchased by Louis XIV, and aim to show just how his vision of Versailles was meant to evoke the idea of ancient Rome.  The show should be really great and if you have the chance to check it out let us know! Here are some works that will be on display (I love the table centerpiece!)

Francois Barois, Callipygian Venus. Louvre museum.

 Jean‐Marc Nattier, Marquise de Pompadour as Diana the Huntress.  Versailles, Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

Jean‐Jacques Bachelier, Table centrepiece. 18th century Gilt bronze, marble columns, mirror flooring, frieze of Sèvres soft-paste porcelain Versailles, Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

Vitellius, Roman Emperor (15‐69) Versailles, Palaces of Versailles and Trianon.

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