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Drawings for Versailles, twenty years of acquisitions

60 min visit

Palace of Versailles
1 Jun → 7 Nov 2021
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am to 5:30 pm. Closed on Monday.

« A small but rich exhibition, not to be missed by those who love old drawings.  »

30,000 graphic works, 28,000 prints, around 1,500 drawings, 350 manuscripts and around 100 pastels. These figures make one's head spin, but they also make the Cabinet des arts graphiques of the Château de Versailles a precious source for research and knowledge of the history of the palace and its collections. This summer, the Château de Versailles is presenting an exhibition devoted to all the drawings acquired between 2000 and 2020 for its cabinet, which will enable visitors to discover around a hundred works in all techniques - pastel, pencil, red chalk, three pencils, pen, watercolour, gouache, etc. - some of which will be exhibited for the first time. It presents a gallery of portraits and scenes of court life... sometimes surprising! Louis XIV portrayed as a Roman emperor, Charles Perrault drawn by Charles Le Brun, caricatures or freehand drawings. It also reveals preparatory drawings for the great painted decorations of the Château de Versailles: from the ceilings of the Royal Chapel and the Salon d'Hercule, to the overdoors of the King's bedroom and the Salon de Diane. The visitor, immersed in the heart of the drawing collection of the Château de Versailles, thus crosses four centuries of graphic creation and discovers a Versailles designed by the greatest artists of their time: Charles Le Brun, Charles de la Fosse, François Lemoyne, Richard Mique, Jacques Gondoin, and Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer.


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