A History of the Gardens of Versailles

Michel Baridon traces the history of the most famous gardens in the world from their inception through the three centuries of eventful history that they have witnessed.

A History of the Gardens of Versailles

Michel Baridon. Adrienne Mason, Translator

2008 | 296 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $26.50
Architecture | History
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Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I. THE STATE, THE KING, AND THE GARDENS
1. The Monarchy and the Gardens Before the Reign of Louis XIV
2. The Nature and Splendor of the Monarch
3. A New Image of Good Government

PART II. THE EMPIRE OF GEOMETRY
4. Versailles and the Academies
5. The Astronomers in the Garden: Measuring Nature
6. Engineers and Gardeners: The Remodeling of the Gardeners
7. Hydraulics and Physics: Water and Air
8. The World of Plants and the Silent Progress of the Life Sciences

PART III. AN OPEN-AIR PALACE: GARDENS AND THE ARTS
9. Gardens and Culture at Court
10. Le Nôtre: An Independent Genius
11. Le Nôtre's Aesthetic

PART IV. THE GARDENS OF VERSAILLES FROM LOUIS XV TO THE PRESENT DAY
12. Louis XV
13. Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
14. From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day
15. History, Gardens, and Landscape

Maps
Chronology
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgments