This comprehensive monograph on Versailles offers unprecedented access to the chateau and grounds of one of France's most significant and most visited historical landmarks.
Guillaume Picon is a historian and specialist on the kings of France. Francis Hammond's photographs have been published in A Day with Claude Monet in Giverny, Private Houses of France, and Historic Houses of Paris. Catherine Pegard is president of the public establishment of the Palace, Museum and National Estate of Versailles. Laurent Salome is director of the National Museum of the Versailles and Trianon palaces.
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 Salome,
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.'