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Exquisite photography of one of France’s most significant historical landmarks. The largest château in the world still holds a thousand and one hidden secrets. While Versailles has been described in detail since the reign of Louis XIV, numerous apartments in the palace and their outbuildings are inaccessible to the public due to their fragility or state of preservation. From the most renowned rooms to the gardens, passing through the Trianon or the Queen’s hamlet, Versailles contains many extraordinary details, transformed according to the light or the shadow. Whether it’s Marie-Antoinette’s boudoir, the wings of the Queen’s theater, or even the Orangerie on a beautiful wintery day, these singular photographs reveal the many facets of Versailles and offer readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure.
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Francis Hammond’s photographs have been published in Mariage Frères French Tea (2003) and Elegant Entertaining (2009) and in lifestyle magazines such as Elle Décor and Martha Stewart Living. Béatrix Saule is chief curator and director of the research center at the Château de Versailles.Review:
"Hammond was given complete freedom to walk the halls and grounds of Versailles sans crowds, capturing not only the grand rooms of the palace, like Marie Antoinette’s boudoir and the Salon d’Aurore, but also intimate detail shots of architectural ornamentation and objects throughout the palace—some of which are not on view to the public. Picon’s text, in conjunction with these photographs, gives insight into both the French royal family and French history as a whole, making it a perfect book for any Francophile. Preview some of the gorgeous photography from the book below, then work on planning your next trip to Versailles. As Laurent Salomé, director of the National Museum of the Versailles and Trianon Palaces, writes in the preface, 'A splendid book like this one makes it possible to relive, or imagine, the fleeting emotions that come one after another during a visit here.' "
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Book Description Flammarion, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P112080200763
Book Description Flammarion, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M2080200763
Book Description Flammarion, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB2080200763