Glory and Passion: Creating the Palace and Gardens of Versailles
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pmVirtual Event
Discover the story of the creation of the 17th century palace and the formal French gardens of Versailles.
About this event
Women's League member and friend Isabelle Slotine, a class of 2022 MFA Associate, takes us on a journey through the palace grounds at Versailles.
The Fountain of Apollo at Versailles, designed by Le Brun in 1670, represents the sun god in his chariot, as a metaphor for King Louis XIV, known as the Sun King. When the young king visited Vaux-le-Vicomte, a stunning chateau in nearby Maincy, he was struck with jealousy and was spurring to build the more magnificent palace at Versalles. Extravagant gardens and ornate fountains were planned by André Le Nôtre, the most influential landscape architect in French history.