Petit Trianon (The Temple of Love, Petit Trianon)

Eugène Atget1902

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

Eugène Atget framed the Temple of Love in the distance with the trunk, branches, and shadow of a thick tree in the foreground, contrasting the formal architecture with the irregular shapes of nature. Commissioned by Marie Antoinette in 1778, this twelve-columned Neoclassical pavilion adorns the garden of the Petit Trianon, a small hideaway adjacent to the palace at Versailles.

The Petit Trianon and its extensive grounds, given to Marie Antionette by Louis XVI, provided a retreat from the formal protocol of the French court.

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  • Title: Petit Trianon (The Temple of Love, Petit Trianon)
  • Creator: Eugène Atget
  • Date: 1902
  • Location Created: Versailles, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 21.4 x 17.8 cm (8 7/16 x 7 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Albumen silver print
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Print
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 90.XM.64.38
  • Inscription: Inscription: Inscribed verso print in pencil: title and negative number "6240".
  • Display Location: Not currently on view
  • Department: Photographs
  • Culture: French
  • Classification: Photographs