May 21, 2016

The Petit Trianon in black & white

When Madame the Archduchess had yet to become queen, she keenly desired to have a country house for herself and the first time she mentioned the Petit Trianon to the king he replied with real enthusiasm that this holiday house was for the queen and that he would be delighted to transfer it to her. Now doesn't that just make you smile big time? At this point I am hoping my hubby is reading my blog! ;)

In all seriousness, it is difficult render the glory and beauty of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon in one post only, therefore here are another series of shots in black and white.

Marie Antoinette informed the king that she accepted Trianon on condition that he came only when he was invited.

A staircase made for queens

A peek inside the "Pavillion Français" at the end of the French garden

Marie Antoinette's portrait sitting on a mantle piece

Angle sculptures in her own little chapel

A grandiose kitchen

Virtuosi Italian artists produced impressive decorative panels of stucco.

Imagine the queen descending down these staircases to take a walk in her grounds.

An history of art student's personal sketch book

Cupids everywhere

Everything in and around the Petit Trianon was devoted to festivities and amusements.

A detail of the Pavillon Français

The English Garden and its Belvedere 

Between 1783 and 1787, the Hamlet was created in the spirit of a true Norman village, with eleven houses spread out around a big lake.

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