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Book ID: 94514
Baridon, Michel

A History of the Gardens of Versailles. Translated by Adrienne Masson. 2008. illus. VII, 285 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.

The gardens of Versailles are perhaps the most famous in the world. The scale of the gardens is monumental, with a sense of openness to the horizon. They express the spirit of seventeenth century science with their geometrical layout and with their interest in optics, evidenced by the reflecting mirrors of the water parterres and of the Grand Canal. The original park design realized by André Le Notre, the king himself and a few advisors, has never been altered. Its main axis runs from east to west to celebrate the Sun King, and Louis XIV was so involved in the creation and maintenance of his gardens that he wrote The Way to Present the Gardens of Versailles to make sure that they were properly enjoyed. The author traces the history of the gardens from their inception through the three centuries of eventful history that they have witnessed. He shows how Louis XIV's successor, Louis XV, made his own original contribution tothe gardens at Trianon, and how Mique and Hubert Robert designed, also at Trianon, the English garden and the delightful village beloved by Marie Antoinette. An introduction stresses the cultural importance of the Versailles gardens, a chronology shows the stages of their growth and development, and later chapters discuss the photographs, A History of the Gardens of Versailles provides visitors and enthusiasts with a guide to the legendary grounds.
Author Baridon, Michel
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Author Baridon, Michel
Page image Baridon, Michel: A History of the Gardens of Versailles. Translated by Adrienne Masson. 2008. illus. VII, 285 p. gr8vo. Hardcover. 46.01 (94514)
Manufacturer University of Pennsylvania Press Blockley Hall
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ISBN 9780812240788
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