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Item Number: 121399
Title: Versailles et l'Antique
Author: Maral, Alexandre ; Nicolas Milovanovic
Price: Not Available
ISBN: 9782854955125
Description: Paris: Artlys, 2012. 31cm., hardcover, 316pp. prof. illus., most in color. Exhibition catalogue. From the museum's website : Versailles was a new Rome in several ways: in its grandiose size, in its ambition to endure through the centuries, and in the many references to the great models of Antiquity. In the 17th century, Antiquity was an incomparable absolute, which the most ambitious sovereigns wished to rival: Louis XIV created Versailles as the seat of power to bring back the grandeur of Antiquity. The exhibition will examine the presence of Antiquity in Versailles from two angles: the acquisition of antique fragments and commissions of copies by the kings, and the re-appropriation of antique models and figures by artists. It will bring back to Versailles about fifty antiques that it possessed during the Ancien Régime. The interpretation of Antiquity and its mythology will be evoked through about two hundred works from the principal French and foreign collections (Louvre, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Besançon, Uffizi Gallery of Florence, Archaeological Museum of Naples, etc.): sculptures, paintings, drawings, engravings, tapestries, pieces of furniture, objets d’art.

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