Mertz Library Humanities

Seminar: Summer in the Garden of the Sun King

Friday, July 20, 2018

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

The Garden of Versailles formed the center of court ceremonies and celebrations during the reign of Louis XIV (1638–1715), expressing the glory of the Sun King and of France as preeminent power in Europe. Filled with a stunning array of exotic flowers, magnificent fountains, and classical sculpture, the garden—with its Menagerie, Orangerie, and Potager—left an indelible impression on all who came to visit from near and far. This special summer seminar offers a unique view behind the scenes by recounting the experience of contemporary visitors and examining the layout, symbolism and wider cultural-political influence of the Versailles garden. A viewing of original French prints and books from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s
historical collection concludes the morning’s program.

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