Danielle Kisluk-Grosheide, Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art
PLEASE NOTE THE DATE FOR THIS LECTURE IS OCTOBER 17TH 2016
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Under the direction of Louis XIV, Versailles was transformed from a simple hunting lodge into one of the most magnificent courts of Europe. The palace and its gardens attracted visitors from all over the world. Unlike other courts of Europe where access was restricted, Versailles was open to decently dressed people who gathered in hopes of catching a glimpse of the king or other members of his family. French and foreign travelers, royalty, dignitaries and ambassadors, artists, musicians, grand tourists and day-trippers alike flocked to Versailles, and detailed reports on specific events and entertainments were entertainments were recorded in correspondence and personal journals. This lecture will serve as an introduction to the exhibition Visitors to Versailles 1682-1789 which will be held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Spring 2017.