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An Athenaeum Arts Trip: Visitors to Versailles

Promenade of Louis XIV in Front of the North Parterre.
Étienne Allegrain (French, Paris 1644–1736 Paris), ca. 1688.
© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY, photo by Christophe Fouin


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Monday, June 4, 2018 – 8:30 am to approximately 7:30 pm

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia invites you on a journey to the most powerful and magnificent court in Europe, the Palace of Versailles, where Louis XIV, the Sun King, established his royal court in 1682. Louis used Versailles’ unmatched opulence and beauty to assert his monarchy’s absolute power over a nation previously roiled by disparate regional nobles.

Our trip will begin with a morning motor coach ride, departing from the Athenaeum, to New York’s Metropolitan Museum, where we will be met by Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide, the museum’s curator for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Danielle will guide us through the Met’s stunning and sumptuous Visitors To Versailles exhibit, which moved to the Met this spring from its initial showing at Versailles.

This lavish exhibition, several years in the making, gives vivid testimony to the Sun King’s politics of display. It features a wondrous assortment of period costumes, ceramics, paintings, tapestries, furniture and decorative arts – all gifts from diplomats, nobles and foreign potentates who came to call on Louis from Europe, Asia and the Americas (Ben Franklin among them, of course). Click here for Danielle’s brief overview of the exhibit:

Our lunch will be served in The Met’s lovely Petrie Court, after which we will hear from Dr. Richard R. Iversen, Professor Emeritus at SUNY Farmingdale and a renowned lecturer on ornamental horticulture. He will introduce and guide us on our afternoon tour of Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence. This exhibit explores the important role of French parks and gardens from the late Eighteenth through the early Twentieth Centuries. It includes paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, books and objects by more than 70 artists.

Our Monday June 4 trip, departing from The Athenaeum at 8:30 am, and returning around 7:30 pm is limited to 30 shareholders and members. Cost: $200 per person.

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Visitors to Versailles Tour


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