You think you know everything about the Palace of Versailles by visiting the monument for years? You are wrong, my friend! There is always something to discover in this huge building and estate. And speaking of new things, there is a part of the palace that is usually closed to the public but exceptionally opening to visitors. Discover the Sculptures and Moldings Gallery in the Small Stables, for free on weekends until December 31, 2020.
A space designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart built between 1679 and 1683 that houses the most original and other marble masterpieces of the gardens of Versailles, as well as the collection of the Louvre’s molding library. All in all, about sixty original sculptures from the gardens are displayed in the monumental nave of the Small Stables. These works, Louis XIV orders them to the greatest sculptors of his time in order to fit the gardens of the palace. Sculptures inspired by Antique art, “wide iconographic repertoire” of his time.
These works have been included in a wide saving campaign debuted in 2008 in order to end the erosion process impacting them when displayed in the gardens. Among these sculptures, there are many masterpieces such as Apollo served by nymphs, and the two Horses of the Sun.
A gallery also housing since 1970 the Louvre’s molding library of the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities. A wide collection including many ancient copies from the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a rich architecture collection including a whole range of unique Greek and Roman architectures. Among the most beautiful casts displayed in the gallery, the corner of the Parthenon from the Acropolis in Athens, one of the Quirinal Dioscures in Rome and the Farnese Hercules.
A wonderful tour for people loving Versailles splendors. Let us go and discover these sculptures and moldings, friends, shall we?
Dates and Opening Time
From 26 September 2020 to 27 December 2020
Château de Versailles
Ouvert tous les week-ends, de 12h30 à 18h30 jusqu'au 31 octobre et de 12h30 à 17h30 du 1er novembre au 31 décembre.