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    Jean-Marie Perouse de Montclos(Author) Robert Polidori(Photographer)

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This text traces the transformation of Louis XIII'S modest hunting lodge into the apotheosis of the French monarchy. Versailles' importance as the expression of European absolutism but also as an experimental design workshop is examined.

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  • By S. Ramsey-Hardy on 5 October 2009

    The quality of the photographs in this book is superb, and they are beautifully printed. However there is a slightly disappointing aspect to this collection: the choice of the views included. Possibly the publishers were seeking an original point of view.Some of the details of the Palace's architecture and works of art are shown to us over and over again -whilst other (possibly more important) parts of Versailles are somewhat neglected. For example, the limestone staircases giving access to the Opera House are indeed marvellously constructed- but there are several almost identical photographs of the stonework, covering whole pages, over-working the point, when there might well have been many more details of the true sensation: the interior of the most beautiful opera house in the world!This quirky selection of photos is repeated in other aspects of the palace buildings and gardens: we are shown, for instance, photos of parcelled-up chairs, then dust-sheets and decorators' planks, in empty rooms awaiting attention, when one longs to see a lot more photographs of some of the very beautiful but less well-known rooms, (especially because the photos are so beautifully printed!) However, that being said, the lonely unfurnished rooms seen here, may be thought to have a poetry of their own.The Palace was the scene of some of the most extraordinary and tumultuous events in European history, but this historical aspect of the Palace wasn't of first importance when these photographs were selected, and appears only incidental. However, putting quibbles aside, of the photographs that appear here, most are of unusual quality, and some of great interest.

  • By Eugene Tenenbaum Reluctant Reader on 28 July 2011

    There is a very significant difference between the two books titled Versailles both by Jean-Marie Pérouse de Montclos and Robert Polidori, of the same size (except the thickness), and in almost identical dust jackets. The one by Abbeville Press with ISBN 1558592288 has 424 pages, and the other by Artabras with ISBN 0896600521 has only 160 pages.


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