For this latest post in our French Museums series - where we spotlight the exciting collections that Bridgeman Images represents and distributes through the illustrious Giraudon agency - we are taking an in-depth look at the collection of the Palace of Versailles.
Giraudon - the first French photo agency that Bridgeman acquired - allowed Bridgeman to greatly expand its collections dedicated to the worlds of art and culture in France from past to present. This result was then further enriched with high resolution photography captured by Photo Josse.
The collections of the Palace of Versailles cover a vast period illustrating five centuries of French history. They reflect the dual vocation of Versailles castle, which was once inhabited by sovereigns, then transformed into a museum dedicated to "all the glories of France" and inaugurated by Louis-Philippe in 1837.
The works of the museum - founded by Louis-Philippe and still in operation today - offer a chronological vision of the history of France, from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. The museum originally intended to offer a historical and iconographic panorama of the major figures and events that have marked the history of France. Today, the collection consists mainly of sculptures and paintings from the 16th to the 19th century. It includes both original works and copies, commissions and / or acquisitions.
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The masterpieces of the Palace of Versailles
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