I was going to write a blog post based on the pictures I’d taken of various artwork at the Chateau de Versailles. This was meant to complement the other two posts I’ve created to share the pictures I took at the palace.
I stumbled upon Google Earth Project’s collection of Versailles’ art and was shamed into submission. Google has officially taken over the world. I’m aware this (meaning Google Art not Google world dominance, which is old news) is not something brand new, which is comforting since the end of the Mayan calendar is near. (This whole Google Art Project makes me fear that the end of the Mayan calendar will lead directly into the beginning of the Age of Google. A Google-apocalypse.)
Too bad I didn’t cotton on to the Google Art Project earlier. Everyone from the National Ballet of Canada to the Latvian National Museum of Art are part of this amazing effort.
Here’s the link to the collection of the Chateau de Versailles: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/palace-of-versailles/
And here, you can do a walk-through of the palace: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/palace-of-versailles/museumview/
The entirety of the collection is, naturally, worth a look. You can click on the pictures to zoom in, and click details to get some in-depth information about each artwork. Many of them also have educational videos included.
I admit to being most interested in the portraits, especially the ones of people I don’t know well, such as Louis de France, Duke of Burgundy or Maria Leszczinska. But it’s good to see better-known portraits like this one of Louis XIV, or this one of Marie Antoinette and her family.
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A very important portrait to the Affair of the Diamond Necklace is also included in the Google Art Project: Marie Antoinette with the rose. This is the repainted version–in the original, she was wearing a simple white dress, which was considered pretty darn scandalous (I wrote blog post about these two portraits and their significance).
I’m obviously effusive about the artwork at Versailles. Not only is it a place of great architectural grandeur, it’s also filled to the brim with beautiful artwork.We can’t all get to Versailles, and even if we could, it’s really hard to take good pictures of the artwork. Believe me, I’ve tried.
Not all the artwork at the Chateau is included. Here are a few that also hang there:
The ladies above (Adelaide, Sophie, and Victoire) were known often as Mesdames Tantes–The Aunts. They were the daughters of Louis XV and aunts of Louis XVI and remained unmarried. The lovely portraits above were painted when the ladies were young (obviously). Madame Sophie died at Versailles in 1782; her sisters Victoire and Adelaide fled France during the rising Revolution and died in Trieste, Italy in 1799 and 1800 respectively. [Thank you, Angela, for the correction!]
I hope this little art history lesson was enjoyable!