Until 21st February 2016
For the tercentenary of King Louis XIV’s death, Versailles Palace has devoted a large exhibition to the Sun King entitled The King is Dead, until 21st February 2016.
The exhibition looks back at the Sun King’s death 300 years ago, on 1st September 1715. The result of three years’ research into royal funerals, it relates many unknown aspects such as the death throes, post mortem and funeral of Louis XIV.
The Palace of Versailles uncovers the secret funeral rituals during the era of monarchy, a key moment in the presentation of the royal image. From his death to his entombment, the visitor will gain insight into the great Baroque spectacle that was played out when the Sun King died.
The exhibition Le Roi est Mort (The King is Dead) brings together works of art and historical documents from leading French collections, the British Royal Collection, and others international sources, notably from the Frick Collection in New York. It also puts on public display for the first time some rare pieces: portraits, statues and effigies, the king’s post-mortem report, the manuscript of the death certificate, coins from the Saint-Denis Cathedral Treasury, gold medals, emblems, ornaments and liturgical funerary furniture…
The presentation of the masterpieces and the layout of the exhibition The King is Dead are carried out to dramatic and impressive effect. Beatrix Saule, Head Curator of the exhibition, called on opera director and set designer Pier Luigi Pizzi to present the world of the monarchy at the time of Louis XIV.
For further details on this exhibition
Place : Château de Versailles
Address : Place d’Armes, 78000 Versailles
Open hours : Tuesday - Sunday: 9am - 6.30pm
Transport : Metro: Versailles Rive Gauche