When: Wednesdays Feb 8 - Mar 15 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $195.00

Type: In Person


Instructor: Kevin Justus received his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A Chateaubriand scholar and French Ambassadorial Laureate
Kevin Justus

Versailles continues to change, even 233 years after the departure of the monarchy. Attempts to restore the palace have, ironically, begun to destroy it. With new insights, we’ll examine the palace of Versailles, from its ideological and political messages to its artistic and cultural triumphs as we investigate the reigns of Louis XIV and Louis XV, and Louis XVI ,  the transformation of Versailles in the 19th Century and its continued evolution as a museum in the present day.

Week 1:  The Beginnings and Development of Versailles—Absolute Power and Absolute Harmony:  Louis XIV

Week 2:  Versailles as Center of the World—Louis XIV, Artistic Hegemony and Political Supremacy

Week 3:  Versailles in the 18th Century Part 1:  Louis XV and the Change of the Monarchial Portrait

Week 4:  Versailles in the 18th Century Part 2: Louis XV and the Petit Trianon, the creation of the Anti-Versailles

Week 5:  Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette –Versailles as Domestic Space and the End of the Monarchial Dream

Week 6: Versailles in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries—Towards A Museum of French Cultural Memory

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