Marie Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles

Marie Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles

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Marie-Antoinette has been idolized as the height of eighteenth-century French style and vilified as the spark that ignited the French Revolution. This book departs from such traditional interpretations of the infamous queen's reign and chooses to reflect on the humanistic aspects of her private realm. To escape the formalities and royal obligations of Louis XVI's court, Marie-Antoinette created a private realm of pleasure for herself at the Petit Trianon and Hameau, where she planted the first Anglo-Chinese garden; created a trysting grotto; a working farm; and revolutionized architecture and gardening trends for the century to come. Marie-Antoinette's entire private domain and its story are told in beautiful photographic detail by François Halard for the first time since its recent restoration and accompanied by well-researched texts by garden expert Christian Duvernois.
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli International Pub., 2008.
ISBN: 9780847830688
0847830683
Branch Call Number: 728.8209443663 D985
Characteristics: 224 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Halard, François

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VRMurphy
Sep 22, 2014

Pretty pictures, but that's about it; the text is not particularly interesting or edifying. In particular, I'd've enjoyed a better map of the entire set-up than the one small one included. A couple of key pieces of information are at the end of the book - the special thanks to Ralph Lauren, and the afterword by someone on the Friends of Versailles renovation group. That re-set my thinking: perhaps it was meant as a puff-piece of near-vanity publishing, a sort of high-end hardcover brochure for fundraising from wealthy patrons.

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Mar 05, 2014

Marie-Antoinette has been idolized as the height of eighteenth-century French style and vilified as the spark that ignited the French Revolution. This book departs from such traditional interpretations of the infamous queen’s reign and chooses to reflect on the humanistic aspects of her private realm. To escape the formalities and royal obligations of Louis XVI’s court, Marie-Antoinette created a private realm of pleasure for herself at the Petit Trianon and Hameau, where she planted the first Anglo-Chinese garden; created a trysting grotto; a working farm; and revolutionized architecture and gardening trends for the century to come. Marie-Antoinette’s entire private domain and its story are told in beautiful photographic detail by François Halard for the first time since its recent restoration and accompanied by well-researched texts by garden expert Christian Duvernois.

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