¾ Visitors to Versailles: From Louis XIV to the French
Very informative, excellent attention to detail, would have liked photos. It is wonderful to read about Versailles as the busy hive and shopping mall that it was seeing it as a museum is a lovely experience, but it is fun to read about what it was like when it was occupied Die Ausstellung war sehr gut, wir hatten Gl ck sie im Schlo zu sehen, danach in NewYork zweite Chance f r Besucher Leider nur auf Englisch oder Franz sisch verf gbar und hier deutlich preiswerter als in Versailles.F r Freunde des Schlo es eine sch ne Erg nzung zu anderen B nden mit vielen Bildern und Informationen This is a great idea for an exhibition, combining art history with political and social history I haven t had the book long enough to read or digest it in its entirety it is a very big book , but my first impression has not disappointed The exhibits are so various paintings, prints, clothing, uniforms, china, fans, furniture, ephemera, sculpture, carpets, screens, souvenirs, snuffboxes, hats, shoes, rifles, guidebooks, buttons, a carriage, a sedan chair, and that I know I would love it if I could see it live I enjoy exhibitions most where the exhibits aren t all too similar to each other I think my favorite images are the non European visitors in their exotic finery and the 18 buttons with views of the Palace and Gardens Every item, except a few tiny ones, has a page or a double page to itself, so all the photos are large enough to see and appreciate the details.The text is full of quotes from famous and less famous visitors giving their impressions, favorable or not Eight essays discuss various categories of visitors royalty, diplomats, tourists, Americans, notably Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson and such topics as dress how visitors were required or chose to present themselves and the things they brought or took away with them official gifts, guidebooks, souvenirs , along with their impressions. A fascinating look at the splendor of the French court at Versailles through the eyes of its numerous visitors What was it like to visit one of the most magnificent courts of Europe Based on a wealth of contemporary documents and surviving works of art, this lavish book explores the experiences of those who flocked tothe palace and grounds of Versailles when it was the seat of the French monarchy Engaging essays describe methods of transportation, the elaborate codes of dress and etiquette, precious diplomatic gifts, royal audiences, and tours of the buildingsand gardens Also presented are the many types of visitors and guests who eagerly made their way to this center of power and culture, including day trippers and Grand Tourists, European diplomats, overseas ambassadors, incognito travelers, and Americans Through paintings and portraits, furniture, tapestries, carpets, costumes and uniforms, porcelain, gold boxes, sculpture, arms and armor, engravings, and guidebooks, Visitors to Versailles illuminates what travelers encountered at court and what impressions, gifts, and souvenirs they took home with them Versailles continues to impress millions of tourists today just as it enchanted generations of ancien rgime visitors, whose experiences arebrought to life in this sumptuously illustrated volume The photos in the book are of good quality.The pages are nice.The contents of the book are interesting, and has good details that would entertain a non expert extreme enthusiast.Book is big and bulky, may have to watch out for binding wear and tear and be careful with it.I close my book and use book marks and take good care of it. A very interesting book Loved it Very informative. Beautifully illustrated with excellent essays It almost captures the exhibition itself. Amazing book,quality I like and look for in everything,extremely informative Well written, wonderfully detailed and with all the pictures needed to really take the reader on a tour through life at Versailles.