On October 6, 1789, when Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the royal family were forced to leave the Château, Versailles was deserted and ceased to be a royal residence. Heir to the family of Orleans, Louis-Philippe has little common history with the Versailles of the Ancien Régime but marks his interest for the palace upon his accession to the throne in 1830. The new king of the French is committed to transforming this monarchical building into a national monument dedicated "to all the glories of France". He imagines a museum open to all, with pedagogical scope, in which the paintings read like an image book. His goal is a real political maneuver: to reconcile the French, deeply divided, but especially to inscribe his reign in the national history. The exhibition will retrace the taste of Louis-Philippe and the direct involvement of the king in the work that culminated in the inauguration of the historic galleries on June 10, 1837.
Louis Philippe & Versailles
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