Versailles and Antiquity exhibition at the Palace of Versailles

Versailles Antique Chateau couloir 2 femmes

The Palace of Versailles is holding a temporary exhibition until March 17th, so what better excuse to visit this magical place? Especially since it’s only a quick 40-minute train ride away from Paris. Versailles and Antiquity presents the relationship between the palace and Greek and Roman mythology and history, bringing together over 200 works of art.

Versailles Antique Chateau couloir disque

This is not the most striking exhibition I’ve seen in Versailles compared to the ones dedicated to fashion and contemporary art. Perhaps my lack of knowledge in mythology didn’t allow me to fully appreciate it. However, the sheer beauty of the works of art and the palace was enough to make the trip worth it (and on top of that the visit ended with lunch at Angelina).

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Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty and pleasure

Versailles Antique Chateau couloir Diane

The antique sculpture Diana of Versailles was installed by Louis XIV in the Hall of Mirrors. It was then moved to the Louvre during the French Revolution and is back at the Palace for the first time since 1797.

Versailles Antique Chateau Latone

This dramatic sculpture was originally placed at the top of a fountain in the gardens of the Palace. It depicts Latona with her children Diane and Apollo imploring help from their father Jupiter.

Versailles Antique grande salle

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Versailles Antique Chateau 2 statues

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Sickness

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Versailles Antique Chateau  3 portraits

Versailles Antique Chateau barometre

The great barometer of Louis XV and Louis XVI

Angelina hot chocolate

How the visit ended. I could have made the trip to Versailles just for this hot chocolate.

To see more of my pictures of Versailles, you can read my post The Palace of Versailles: visiting a royal past and have a look at my Instagram pictures.

And to end on a completely unrelated note, I was recently featured on the blog City Girl in Red Lipstick, where I explain why I’m addicted to red lipstick. Bisous!

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4 responses to “Versailles and Antiquity exhibition at the Palace of Versailles

  1. I’ve never been to Versailles and I would love to organise a trip during the warm(er…) season! I didn’t know that Angelina was there as well! When I was in Paris last week, we tried to go there, but there was such a long queue…Hope you enjoyed a nice w-e, Caterina

    • Thanks for your comment Caterina! There’s an Angelina in Versailles but the annoying thing is that you have to visit the palace before you can access the restaurant, so you can’t have lunch before your visit. And yes, the restaurant on rue de Rivoli is very popular; if you get there early, like 11:45 or 12:00, you should hardly wait though.

  2. Gorgeous photos Anne- is it the lighting? New camera? Stunning! I was thinking a trip out to Versailles might be warranted on the weekend we come out. The Mr. has challenged me to make this ‘France on a budget’ trip. We’ll see how that goes…

    • Thank you Lani! No new camera. It must be the lighting and my savvy retouching skills.
      ‘France on a budget’? Hmmm, that sounds like my daily life ;-) Always here if you need any tips!

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