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Versailles:A Private Conversation by Francis Hammond
  

Versailles:A Private Conversation

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Versailles:A Private Conversation by Francis Hammond

This title offers an exquisite photography of one of France's most significant historical landmarks. The largest chateau in the world holds a thousand and one secrets, even from those who know it intimately. Versailles has been described in minute detail since the reign of Louis XIV, but numerous rooms in the palace and its outbuildings are inaccessible to the public due to their fragility or state of preservation. From the most renowned salons to the gardens, passing through the Trianon or the Queens hamlet, Versailles contains extraordinary details, transformed by light and shadow. From dusk on a summer's evening to the veil of mist on a winter's morning, these photographs reveal the many facets of Versailles and offer readers unprecedented access to this historical treasure. For this book, the Chateau de Versailles gave photographer Francis Hammond carte blanche access to the palace and its grounds; the resulting photographs uniquely capture the exceptional ambience and light of both famous and lesser known places. From Marie-Antoinettes boudoir, the wings of the Queens theater, or even the Orangerie on a beautiful wintery day, Versailles: A Private Invitation is richly illustrated and brings to life this extraordinary theater of unrivaled splendor, this place of hidden secrets, mysteries, and everlasting beauty, which continues to capture the hearts of visitors and aficionados of France from around the world.

About the Author

Francis Hammond's photographs have been published in Mariage Freres French Tea (2003) and Elegant Entertaining (2009) and in lifestyle magazines such as Elle Decor and Martha Stewart Living. Beatrix Saule is chief curator and director of the research center at the Chateau de Versailles.

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd October 2011

Author

Francis Hammond

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Publisher

Flammarion an imprint of Editions Flammarion

Format

Hardback
320 pages

Categories

Places & peoples: general & pictorial works

ISBN

9782080200761

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