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.' "