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Palaces of the Sun King Versailles, Trianon, Marly: the Chateaux of Louis XIV

Dams, Bernd & Andrew Zega & Vicomte De Rohan

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ISBN 10: 084782473X / ISBN 13: 9780847824731
Published by Rizzoli, Bx-205, 2002
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Hardcover. 4to. Rizzoli. 2002. 224 pgs. Brand new, still sealed in the original shrinkwrap. No ownership marks present. Text is clean and free of marks, binding tight and solid, boards clean with no wear present. Photos sent upon request. Bx-205; 15.46 X 11.71 X 1.10 inches; 224 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 42413

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Title: Palaces of the Sun King Versailles, Trianon,...

Publisher: Rizzoli, Bx-205

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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This comprehensive volume documents for the first time twenty-one châteaux and pavilions commissioned by Louis XIV, France's great builder-king. These royal buildings, and over forty architectural ornaments enriching their gardens, are illustrated in breathtaking watercolors by authors Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams. Depicted are several of the most influential structures in all of Western architecture, such as the palace of Versailles and the magnificent lost complex at Marly, which contemporaries deemed a veritable "Paradise on Earth." The authors give full attention to unrealized projects and depict completed structures not as they stand today, if indeed they stand at all, but as they were originally designed by the leading architects of the day.

Meticulously prepared over many years, Palaces of the Sun King presents a wealth of historically accurate watercolor illustrations, complemented by a sophisticated narrative, that together offer a fundamental reappraisal of the architecture of the reign of Louis XIV. Modern academics have clarified the function of the political and social construct of the Sun King, but the nature and extent of the parallel architectural revolution which Louis XIV engendered have remained largely unquestioned out of veneration for a national treasure. Time, too, has seen the disappearance or destruction of many of the châteaux and architectural designs commissioned by the king, and in deciding to recreate lost buildings and unexecuted designs, the authors open new realms of discovery for a subject heretofore deemed thoroughly understood. Here, then, the Sun King's masterworks are reconsidered and deconstructed, providing a work of groundbreaking investigation that will both fascinate and inform.

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Andrew Zega and Bernd H. Dams are well-known architectural historians and illustrators specializing in European architecture and garden history. Their watercolors are exhibited at Didier Aaron Inc., Manhattan, and Galerie de Bayser, S.A., Paris.

Zega and Dams are the authors of Pleasure Pavilions and Follies: In the Gardens of the Ancien Régime and Garden Vases.

Foreword by the Vicomte de Rohan, president of the Society of Friends of Versailles, France's premier philanthropic organization, who have been dedicated to promoting the interests of Versailles in France and internationally since 1907.

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