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Versailles & the World

Imagine a grand French palace – the most beautiful you’ve ever seen. Furnished with glittering gold and exquisite art from around the world, where hundreds of mirrors reflect the light from the opulent chandeliers and illuminate the rooms like jewels. You walk in the elegant gardens, adorned with priceless sculptures and magnificent fountains and are amazed by the crowds of people from France, Europe and distant lands alike. Ladies dazzle in extravagant gowns, with diamonds from India and pearls from the Gulf. The chatter of unfamiliar languages fills the air, as men, wearing silks and swords, wigs and turbans, debate politics, art and science. The sweet smell of incense and coffee from the Arab world and chocolate from South America floats in the breeze. And in the midst of this spectacle, his majesty the King of France, welcomes ambassadors from across the globe appointed to this extraordinary court.

Welcome to 17th century Versailles….

Louvre Abu Dhabi, in partnership with musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, and in collaboration with France Muséums is delighted to present Versailles & the World - an exhibition which invites you to immerse yourself in 17th-18th century Versailles and discover this unique meeting place for different civilisations.

With more than 100 artworks, including paintings and decorative arts, the exhibition illustrates how Versailles became an important centre for diplomatic relations between the East and West. It also explores the impact these exchanges had on European art and culture, and how international diplomacy inspired a competitive pursuit of excellence in science and astronomy in France, leading to discoveries which changed contemporary understanding of the world.

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RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Franck Raux
View of the Château de Versailles and the Orangerie, Attributed to Etienne Allegrain (1644-1736), c. 1695, Oil on canvas, Versailles, Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin
Pineapple in a Pot, Jean-Baptiste Oudry (1686-1755), 1733, oil on canvas, Versailles, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin
Audience Granted to the Comte Saint-Priest for the Signing of the Treaty of Aynali-Kavak, 18 March 1779, Francesco Giuseppe Casanova (1727-1803), 1789-1790, oil on canvas, Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Louvre Abu Dhabi. LAD 2009.027
Muhammad ibn Ahmad Al-Battuti, North Africa, Morocco (?), 1726 - 1727. Cast brass, silver nails. Louvre Abu Dhabi. LAD 2009.027

Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin
"Ostrich' candelabra, François Rémond (1747-1812), bronzesmith, 1782, chased and gilt bronze, Versailles, Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, deposit of musée du Louvre.

RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre) / Martine Beck-Coppola
"Reclining Camel" firedog, Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813), bronzesmith, c. 1777, chased and gilt bronze, Paris, musée du Louvre.

Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin
"Set of three “egg” vases with Chinese-style decoration Louis-François Lécot (active from 1763 to 1765 and from 1772 to 1802) Jean-Claude Chambellan Duplessis (1730–1783) for the mount Sèvres, Manufacture Royale de Porcelaine, and Paris, 1775–1776 Hard-paste porcelain, chased and gilt bronze Versailles, Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Christophe Fouin
Pourer, China, 17th century, partially gilted silver, Versailles, Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.

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