Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
  • erscheint ca. am 19. Dezember 1991
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  • Hardcover
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  • 424 Seiten
978-1-55859-228-5 (ISBN)
In this opulently illustrated volume, the eminent French architectural historian Jean-Marie Perouse de Montclos traces the transformation of Louis XIII's modest hunting lodge into the fabulous chateau we know today as the extravagant height of the French monarchy. Robert Polidori's sublime photographs show Versailles' architecture, interiors, and gardens, from sweeping aerial views, to grandiose views of the elaborately decorated palace ceilings, to intimate photographs of the paintings and sculptures that grace the walls and gardens. The exquisite artistry of each carefully considered decorative detail reveals Versailles in all its magnificence. The photographs show all the beauty and ornate decoration of Versailles, in every season and from every possible perspective. Polidori presents quiet, warmly-lit landscapes of the gardens and pools, dramatic visions of the colonnades, and expansive views of the vast, airy, luxurious salons.
The text is a scholarly study of the history of the evolving aesthetic of this remarkable palace, attesting not only to its importance as the ultimate expression of European absolutism but also to its significance as an experimental design workshop that was to become widely influential.
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colour illustrations; maps; portraits
  • Höhe: 315 mm
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  • Breite: 276 mm
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  • Dicke: 36 mm
  • 2778 gr
978-1-55859-228-5 (9781558592285)
1558592288 (1558592288)
Jean-Marie Perouse de Montclos (Doctor of Letters, Director of Research at CNRS, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on post-Renaissance architecture, notably Architecture a la Francaise (1982), in which he proposes a revisionist interpretation of classical French architecture. He has worked in close collaboration with the eminent art historian Andre Chastel and served as director of the national inventory of French artistic treasures (LInventaire general des Monuments et Richesses Artistiques de la France), established by Andre Malraux in the mid-1960s. His work Vocabulaire de l'Architecture has become a standard reference work on matters pertaining to the study and preservation of Frances architectural treasures. He is currently professor at the cole du Louvre and at the Centre d'Etudes Superieures d'Histoire et de Conservation des Monuments Historiques de Paris. Robert Polidori was born in Montreal, Canada, to a French Canadian mother and a Corsican father. He moved to the United States in 1961 when he was ten--years old and in 1969 settled in New York. From 1970 to 1972 he worked as an assistant to Jonas Mekas at the Anthology Film Archives in New York and for the next six years produced a number of avant-garde films. In 1979 he received an M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and soon thereafter turned his attention to still photography. He has been living in Paris since 1987.
Table of Contents from Versailles: The Power of a Symbol by Olivier de Rohan Chronology Geography and History Earth, Wind, and Water: The Natural Site; Maps of the Hunt and of Affections Realm; Nature Mastered; The Site Recast Time, Ideas, and Men: The Construction Campaigns; Actors and Expenditures; The Program; Operation; The Monument and the Museum The Architecture of the Buildings and the Gardens The Chateau and Its Subsidiary Buildings: The Building Campaigns of Louis XIII; Louis XIVs First Campaign; Louis XIVs Second Campaign; Louis XIVs Third Campaign; Louis XIVs Fourth Campaign; Completion of the Chateau after Louis XIVs Death; Subsidiary Facilities in the Town The Gardens and the Trianons: The Gardens under Louis XIII; The Gardens during Louis XIVs First Campaign; The Gardens during Louis XIVs Second Campaign; The Porcelain Trianon; The Gardens during Louis XIVs Third Campaign; The Marble Trianon; The Gardens and the Trianons under Louis XV, The Small Trianon; The Trianon Gardens and the Hamlet from Louis XVI On The Arts in Concert Interior Distribution and the Decorative Arts: The Interiors to 1684; The Interiors from 1684 to the Death of Louis XIV; The Interiors to the Mid-Eighteenth Century; The Interiors after the Mid-Eighteenth Century; Modifications and Restorations in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Painting and Sculpture: Painting; Sculpture: Louis XIVs First Campaign; Sculpture: Louis XIVs Second Campaign; Sculpture: Louis XIVs Third Campaign; Sculpture after 1688 From Mythology to History: Mythology and Cosmology during the First Years of Louis XIVs Reign; Contemporary History during the Middle Years of Louis XIVs Reign; Religion during the Last Years of Louis XIVs Reign; Nature and Childhood during Louis XIVs Reign; National History from Louis XVI on Plans of Versailles Bibliography Index Photography Credits

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