RBSC Home Library Home Princeton University Home Search
Exhibitions
Department and Collections Conducting Research Catalogs, Databases, and Finding Aids Exhibitions New and Notable Visiting Fellowships

Main Gallery


13 February 2015 - 19 July 2015

Versailles on Paper: A Graphic Panorama of the Palace and Gardens of Louis XIV

This exhibition documents the contemporary representation of Versailles through a multifaceted array of prints, books, maps, medals, and manuscripts. It highlights in particular those elements that today survive only on paper: ephemeral festivals; short-lived creatures (courtiers, animals, flowers); fragile groves and fountains too costly to maintain; and once celebrated masterpieces of art and architecture that were irrevocably destroyed or altered. The 'paper Versailles' is quite different from the one that millions of tourists visit every year and affords many unusual and surprising glimpses into a largely lost world. All the books and prints on display were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. With only a few exceptions, they were selected from the holdings of Firestone and Marquand Libraries, acquired over the past 140 years. A large number of these items came as gifts; therefore, this exhibition also honors the curators, alumni, and friends of the Princeton University Library who have built its remarkable collections.

Opening Lecture: Dr. Ian Thompson, author of The Sun King's Garden and Reader in Landscape Architecture at Newcastle University, at 3:00 p.m. on 14 February 2015 in 101 McCormick Hall, sponsored by the Department of French & Italian and the Friends of the Princeton University Library.

For the companion online exhibition, click here:

http://rbsc.princeton.edu/versailles/


  Main Gallery
  Milberg Gallery
  Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
  Cotsen Children's Library
  Online Exhibits
  Other Exhibits
   

Hours:

Fall/Spring Semesters
Monday - Friday: 9:00-5:00
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5:00
Closed holidays, for details see http://library.princeton.edu/about/hours/

Summer
Monday - 8:45 - 4:30
Saturday-Sunday: Noon-5:00
Closed Labor Day weekend.

Location: First Floor, Harvey S. Firestone Library, Princeton University, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ.

For current information, please call (609) 258-3184 or visit the
Libraries hours page
[ http://library.princeton.edu/about/hours/]
and select Firestone Library - Exhibition Galleries.


PU home
2001 Princeton University Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, New Jersey 08544 USA
Department of Rare Books and Special Collections
Email: rbsc@princeton.edu 
Tel: (609) 258-3184
Fax: (609) 258-2324

Copyright infringement reports