Illumination of Belvédère of Petit Trianon

Claude-Louis Châtelet1781

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Using Trianon as a place of retreat, Marie-Antoinette sometimes opened up her estate for celebrations given for visiting guests. This was the case in 1781, when she welcomed her brother, Emperor Joseph II, who was passing through Versailles between July 29 and August 5. The illumination was a repeat performance (with a certain number of improvements) of the spectacle Marie-Antoinette had put on a few days earlier (26 July) for her brother-in-law, the Count of Provence.

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  • Title: Illumination of Belvédère of Petit Trianon
  • Creator: Claude-Louis Châtelet
  • Creator Birth Date: 1753
  • Creator Death Date: 1795
  • Date Created: 1781
  • Location Created: Palace of Versailles, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 58,3 x 80,4 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Château de Versailles, Dist. RMN / © Jean-Marc Manaï
  • Medium: Oil on canvas