Trianon and the Queen's hamlet
Since the creation of the pavilion built by Le Vau for Louis XIV, Trianon has been an oasis for the royal family on the fringes of political life, far from the rituals of the monarchy. Louis XV gave free rein to his passion for botany and created an extremely refined small country castle, a radiant example of French artistic excellence. Marie-Antoinette in turn developed the art of gardens, then Napoleon and Louis-Philippe found a peaceful refuge there.
A few minutes from Versailles but far from the constraints of the courtyard, the Trianon estate became an ideal of beauty and peace, which has preserved its original appeal. Surrounded by some of the most precious gardens in France, he gives us an idea of what Talleyrand called the "pleasure of life".
Jacques Moulin recounts the development of the place and its importance in the political and cultural context of the time, while Yves Carlier evokes the rich collections of furniture. Anecdotes and stories follow one another, supported by a sumptuous unpublished photographic report, led by Francis Hammond.
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