Culture / Art Republik

Treasures of Versailles First Display in Australia

For the first time ever, precious historical pieces from the Palace of Versailles will be exhibited outside of France.

Jul 19, 2016 | By Luxuo

There’s nary a person who has yet to hear of the Palace of Versailles, but to hear of the grand museum lending its famed collections outside France – unprecedented. For the very first time, however, many of the museum’s art pieces will find themselves on display in Canberra, Australia.

Titled “Versailles: Treasures from the Palace”, viewers will be treated to more than 130 paintings, tapestries, statues and furniture, among others, all hailing from their previously closed-in home of the Palace of Versailles. Pieces of interest include a marble bust of Louis XIV, and a formal portrait of Marie Antoinette. The exhibition will be a rich trove of French history, with even personal items of Marie Antoinette’s – like her hand-crafted chair and harp – on display.

“We thought that Canberra was a wonderful place because it is so different from Versailles but, at the same time, the power is located in Canberra as it was in Versailles,” revealed President of the Palace of Versailles, Catherine Pegard, of her reason to showcase in Australia.

The exhibition will run from 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017 at the National Gallery of Australia. For more information on the exhibition, visit the Australian gallery’s website here.

This story is also available in Bahasa Indonesia. Read it here: Harta Karun Versailles Ditampilkan di Australia Untuk Pertama Kali

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