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UKtour p30: Chateau de Versailles 17th & 18th Century Art in the Museum of theHistory of France1999 UK/Paris Costume Tour Pictures

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Day 11: Chateau de Versailles 17th & 18th Century Art in the Museum of the History of France

Take the suburban train out to the , the former palace of the French monarchy, originally built by Louis XIV to be grander than all preceding palaces, and tour the interior, the gardens, and Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon "farm". On Sundays in Summer the elaborate 18th Century system of fountains play, and you can see the gardens as they were seen by Sunday tourists, courtiers, and royals almost three centuries ago. Evening free.

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18th Century statues of 17th Century generals. The statues depict in detail the male clothing of the mid and late 17th Century, particularly the boots.

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Artificial Marble painting in the galleries

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Artists of the French Academy of the Late 17th & early 18th Century:

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1999uktourDisk36Mvc-011f.jpg Portrait of Jean Thirrey, Sculptor 1669-1739, by Nicolas de Largillerie (note the dust on his coat from his hair powder)

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1999uktourDisk36Mvc-015f.jpgWomen of the Court of Louis XIV

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Mme de Maintenon second wife of Louis XIV

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Paintings of important court events during the late part of the reign of Louis XIV

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A A battle tapestry showing Louis XIV and his army in the mid part of his reign c.1670

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