Drawings for Versailles, the exhibition at the Palace of Versailles

Published by Cécile D. · Updated on 13 September 2021 at 10h21 · Published on 10 September 2021 at 16h04
The Palace of Versailles has decorated the apartments of Madame de Maintenon with a never-before-seen exhibition: “Drawings for Versailles. 20 years of acquisitions”. These many little-knowns works of art are to be discovered from June 1 to October 3, 2021.

This spring, the Palace of Versailles invites us to discover their private collections: in the apartments of Madame de Maintenon, come and admire the drawings purchased by the palace from 2000 to 2020. The “Drawings for Versailles. 20 years of acquisitions” exhibition starts from June 1 and has many surprises in store up to October 3, 2021.

Louis XIV as a Roman emperor? A portrait of Charles Perrault, sketches of the palace, caricatures, non-official portraits of the members of the Court? All these gems and more are displayed in the halls of the Palace of Versailles.

The palace has decided to reveal a little-known part of their archives: drawings from the collection of the Graphic Arts Department of the Palace of Versailles. You will not see the 30,000 works of art it has (some drawings being too fragile to be displayed), but you will be able to admire enough works to satisfy our curiosity and your thirst for beautiful things.

Gouache, pastel, pencil, sanguine, three chalks, feather, watercolor, enjoy many different techniques and styles, and for good reason: the collection of the Graphic Arts Department covers over four centuries of graphic creations. Side by side, you can admire works of art by Charles Le Brun, Charles de la Fosse, François Lemoyne, Richard Mique, Jacques Gondoin, and even Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer.

Discover Versailles, the different steps of its construction, its architectural changes, and most of all the inhabitants as you have never seen them before.

Do not miss either the compelling exhibition dedicated to Hyacinthe Rigaud, the painter of the Sun King.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 June 2021



    Place d'Armes
    78000 Versailles

    Official website


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    Ouvert tous les jours de 9h à 17h30

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