(No class Mar 4)

Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $165.00 for 6 session(s)

Type: In Person


Instructor: Kevin Justus Ph.D. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Kevin Justus

The Gardens and Trianons of the Palace of Versailles.

This series is a continuation of the lectures dedicated to the Palace of Versailles. Now, instead of the chateau itself as the focus….it will always be important….Dr. Justus looks at the extensive gardens as well as the small palaces and pavilions located within them. Not only will the history and the engineering of the gardens be examined, but also their rich and complex meaning, as well as their integral function in supporting the ideology of the monarchs of the 17th and 18th Centuries. Attention will also be given to the Grand and Petit Trianons, situated within the gardens, both of which are historically rich in relation to the monarchy and the periods that follow. Finally, the gardens are a living, growing creation, so their tending, their restoration and their modification to support more and more visitors will also be examined.

Week 1: The Garden of Absolute Power: The Creation of the Gardens at Versailles, Louis XIV, Le Notre and the desire to control Nature — The Grand and Petit Parc

Week 2: Sculpture, Water, Trees, and Flowers. The Bosquets of the Petit Parc and the Depiction of the Cosmos. — Symbolism, beauty and function.

Week 3: A Kingly Escape, and, an Escape for a King — The Grand Trianon of Louis XIV.

Week 4: Paradise Found: The Petit Trianon of Louis XV

Week 5: Paradise Lost: The Petit Trianon of the late 18th and early 19th Centuries

Week 6: The Gardens reborn — Versailles and the 20th and 21st Centuries…. Restoring, Replanting and Reimagining.

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