Posted on 11/09/2021 7:08 PM
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What relationship did the Court of Versailles have with pets, wild and exotic animals? This is the theme of this incredible exhibition to be discovered until February 13, 2022. Nearly 300 works to find the impressive bestiary made up of the thousands of animals that inhabit the Palace of Versailles.
The exhibition “The king’s animals“endeavors to describe the link that the Court of Versailles maintained with animals, whether they are companions (dogs, cats or birds) but also exotic or wild.
As soon as the castle was built under Louis XIV, the king had a menagerie built, which no longer exists, where the rarest animals rub shoulders with the most exotic. An extraordinary collection which was the pride of the monarch. The king gave a lot of importance to their animals. Some, like Louis XV, had their cat or dog official portrayed.
The king wanted to have his animals represented in majesty before his eyes, in his various castles.
chief curator of paintings
Dogs, cats, monkeys, birds but also elephant, coati or cassowary, common crane, game, horses and hunting dogs: the exhibition also aims to revive the incredible bestiary made up of 300 animals.
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