June 26, 2012

On Poitiers Cathedral

Poitiers Cathedral, 1840s.

"Where were originally placed statutes of princes and bishops, there are now only elegant baldachins separated and supported by little columns. The barbarians of the close of the Eighteenth Century raised their hammers against that magnificent decoration and reduced it to powder." 
Jean-Jacques Bourassé on Poitiers Cathedral

June 19, 2012

More Modern Art at Versailles!

Joana Vasconcelos, Vitrail. 2012, installation. Escalier de la Reine, Versailles.
It is back!

Today Versailles' latest exhibition, Joana Vasconcelos Versailles, has opened and will be on view until September 30, 2012.

Regarding the artwork, Joana explains that the pieces were made for the setting. She (like many of us!) always felt deeply moved when at the palace, stating that she could "still hear the echo of the footsteps of Marie-Antoinette".

Joana Vasconcelos, Coração Independente Vermelho. 2005, installation. Salon de la Paix, Versailles.
She views the rooms and hallways of Versailles as a place "between reality and dreams, the everyday and magic, the festive and the tragic" and has created works that reflect such balances. The installations aim to translate the feel of 17th and 18th century Versailles into a more contemporary one, without loosing the grand feelings one gets when visiting the palace.

The works are 'grand' to be sure. Here are some:
Visit the exhibition homepage

Joana Vasconcelos, Blue Champagne. 2012, installation. Parterre d’Eau, Versailles.
Joana Vasconcelos, Lilicoptère. 2012, installation. Salle 1830, Versailles.
Joana Vasconcelos, Marilyn (PA). 2011, installation. Galerie des Glaces, Versailles.

Joana Vasconcelos, Perruque. 2012, installation. Chambre de la Reine, Versailles.

Joana Vasconcelos, Gardes. 2012, installation. Salle des Gardes de la Reine, Versailles
Joana Vasconcelos, Golden Valkyrie. 2012, installation. Galerie des Batailles, Versailles.

June 13, 2012

Shambles at Versailles

Shambles at Versailles is an interactive online game where you assist Louis XIV's architects as they build the palace and it's yards.  I will say, the support and kind words of some of the architects really boosted my morning, I could almost do no wrong! :]

When I started to help out with The Menagerie, (at Versailles, exotic animals from Asia and Africa were kept here) Jean-Baptiste Colbert told me: "This is the latest craze. As far as I am concerned these ideas are fanciful and weird." Love a little humor!

Shambles at Versailles is just one part of the Versailles 3d project.  The 3d project includes scale models of Versailles during various years (here is 1624) http://www.versailles3d.com/en/discover-the-3d-scale-models/1624.html and can be explored with Google Earth.

The website is full of interesting information regarding the palace, and honestly the video game is a really nice presentation of much of that information. Witty planners and architects can read you bits about the building.

I think the website is great. The '3d' project is interesting in itself, but I am currently more impressed with the Versailles building in Second Life.  Mainly because the rooms can be explored and 'walked' through.  There are so many great new projects happening that help you get a glimpse of what life looked like during the 18th century! If you know of any others please share them here!

Thanks @3pipenet for pointing out The Versailles 3d Project to moi!

June 07, 2012

Marie Antoinette Inspired Wedding

It is always great to start the weekend with a little 18th century-inspiration!

I just came across this very pretty wedding shoot, inspired by Marie Antoinette.  Lush flowers make deceiving faux cakes while pearls cover tea cups in this very lavish photo shoot.  I love the modern-day pouf and soft colors used throughout the set. Check out Rock and Roll Bride for the full set of photos. Here are some of my favorites, enjoy!