Versailles� renovated Hall of Mirrors opened to the public

July 04, 2007

After three years of worth of work Versailles� restored Hall of Mirrors is once again open the public. Throughout the restoration over the last few years, the Hall has remained partially open to visitors thanks to a specially conceived display design accompanied by informational supports but this past week represents the first time in quite a while that visitors to the famed Hall have been able to enjoy it in all its original glory.

In addition to Jules Hardouin-Mansart's revitalized architectural decor, visitors to the 357-mirror Hall can now admire the painted and sculpted decorations by Charles Le Brun, the first painter to the king, who in this space produced a major work of art that has until now been forgotten by art history.

These newly restored decorations essentially laud Louis XIV's political activities by depicting the king's military victories but likewise portray his contributions to domestic policy (prohibiting dueling, reforming the judicial system etc).

For the first time in this type of decoration the king himself is portrayed in context, although at that time the rule was to use mythological figures to represent royal attributes. The $16 million dollar restoration, which is being touted as the largest private cultural patronage ever undertaken in France, was made possible through a private-public partnership between French construction concern, Vinci, and the Etablissement Public du Mus�e et Domaine National de Versailles.

For more information on Versailles and its restored Hall of Mirrors, go to: www.chateaudeversailles.fr. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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