The National Gallery of Australia’s masterful exhibition Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, reflects the artistic brilliance and splendour of the Palace of Versailles, showcasing over 130 paintings, intricate tapestries, gilded furniture items, monumental statues and other objects from the royal gardens, and personal items from Louis XIV to Marie Antoinette.

The Palace of Versailles (built c.1624-98) functioned as the centre of the French government, housing the royal family and court, comprising of some 3,000 residents, until the French Revolution in 1789. The pure opulence of the palace was built to impress emphasizing the achievements and power of Louis XIV the ‘Sun King’. Centuries after its modest start as a hunting lodge, the political power and artistic sophistication that took place over the centuries have undeniably impacted the world today and have fascinated people’s imagination for generations.

University of Melbourne alumni are invited to this exclusive opportunity to hear unique insights from some of the University’s most preeminent scholars who will discuss the colourful history of Versailles, as well as the artistic achievements and cultural life in the court of Louis XIV.


The emblem of the Sun King as seen on the gates of the Palace of Versailles
© RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Thomas Garnier

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