Saturday, 6 April 2013

Petit Trianon: Antechamber

The antechamber on the first floor is the first of the reception rooms that greets the visitors. The panels are kept in the same pale green broken off with white that is typical for the Petit Trianon. Honoré Guibert was responsible for carving the panelling and he chose to continue the touch of nature in form of flowers and plants. Another typical asset of the Petit Trianon is also present in the antechamber: a lantern hangs from the ceiling instead of the chandeliers that would be the norm at Versailles. The French garden can be reached through this room and the sole window faces the same garden.

One of the most famous portraits of Marie Antoinette hangs in this very room - painted by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and portraying the Queen holding a pale pink rose in her hand while storm clouds are gathering in the background. Two busts in white marble flanks the windows on each side.

The famous portrait of Marie Antoinette

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