Visitors to Versailles - From Louis XIV to the French Revolution - the exhibition catalogue from The Metropolitan Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Visitors to Versailles - From Louis XIV to the French Revolution

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'It is all beautifully written up and lavishly illustrated in this highly recommended book' - The Spectator

A fascinating look at the splendour of the French court at Versailles through the eyes of its numerous visitors 

This catalogue accompanying The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2018 exhibition explores what it was like to visit one of the most magnificent courts of Europe. Based on a wealth of contemporary documents and works of art, this richly illustrated book explores the experiences of those who swarmed Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy. Engaging essays describe methods of transportation, the elaborate codes of dress and etiquette, precious diplomatic gifts, royal audiences, and tours of the palace and gardens. Also presented are the many types of visitors and guests who eagerly made their way to this centre of power and culture, including day- trippers and Grand Tourists, European diplomats, overseas ambassadors, incognito travellers, and Americans.

Through paintings and portraits, furniture, costumes and uniforms, arms and armour, guidebooks, and other works, Visitors to Versailles illuminates what travellers encountered at court and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them. 

Details
  • Authors: Daniëlle O. Kisluk-Grosheide, Henry R. Kravis Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bertrand Rondot is Conservateur en chef at the Établissement Public du Château, du Musée et du Domaine National de Versailles.
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Date published: April 2018
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396228
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 25.6 cm
Reviews

'It is all beautifully written up and lavishly illustrated in this highly recommended book'  -  The Spectator

'A sumptuous catalogue' - Country Life

'The book is highly recommended for its fascinating sartorial look at court, not only through its splendid photographs, but also through the vivid way it has recorded the observations of those who flocked to the Chateau de Versailles, providing a wealth of material that offers fresh insight into the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' - The Journal of Dress History