Saturday, September 21, 2013

Versailles in images

Coming to Versailles was extra exciting for me because I took a French seminar on the life of Marie-Antoinette last year! My friends and I legitimately got lost in the gardens and then wandered around the Petit Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's Hameau for a while. We were blessed with wonderful weather and it was a beautiful, pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

A couple times every year, the gardens of Versailles host a different artist's works. From June to October of this year, Italian artist Giuseppe Penone is hosting his contemporary art exhibit, Penone Versailles. Apparently, the simplicity of the trees is supposed to make a stark contrast with and ridicule the lavishness of Versailles. I personally felt that, while the sculptures were very interesting, they did not succeed in making any kind of statement on the Chateau--all they did was look out of place and awkward.

The gardeners of Versailles were very fond of trees/hedges planted in a straight line.

Another Penone work.
The most amazing grove of trees.

Petit Trianon! 

Adorable picnicking couple.

Goodbye Versailles!

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