Versailles Elevation, 1756
About the Artwork
Built by decree of Louis XIV, King of France, on the site of his predecessor's hunting lodge, the Palace of Versailles is a marvel of engineering and architecture – an opulent structure of flats, official offices and lavish halls surrounded by fountains and grand gardens. This plan of the north wing by Jacques-Francois Blondel, a noted genius and architect to Louis XV, was revealed in Architecture Francoise – Volume IV in 1756. It shows the royal chapel on the right and the royal apartments to the left. The phenomenal detail and precision of the original rendering are magnified by our large-scale reproduction.