Galerie des Glaces at Versailles

Artist: Sébastien Leclerc I (French, Metz 1637–1714 Paris)

Date: 1684

Medium: Etching; fourth state

Dimensions: Plate: 6 1/8 x 4 in. (15.5 x 10.2 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1953

Accession Number: 53.600.2784

Description

This work shows the interior of the Hall of Mirrors shortly after its painted ceiling celebrating Louis XIV's triumphs was completed by Charles Le Brun. The chandeliers, the tables placed between the arched-topped mirrors, and the flanking tubs for the orange trees were made of solid silver. All the silver furnishings at Versailles were melted down in 1789 in order to finance the king's military campaigns against the League of Augsburg.

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