June 8, 2020 - 10:00 AM
The Gardens of Versailles and their Sumptuous Sculptural Decoration (about 1670-1700)
Speaker: Anne Lise Desmas, Senior Curator & Department Head, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum
The Gardens of Versailles, commissioned by King Louis XIV and created by André Le Nôtre, are populated by hundreds of statues placed in the middle of, or around, its fountains, pools, and groves and along its main alleys. The lecture will explore the various facets of this rich decoration from the artistic formation and working process of the sculptors called to participate to the many themes, gods, heroes and allegories that these figures and groups represent.
A specialist in European sculpture before 1900, with emphasis on French and Italian sculpture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Anne-Lise received her Diplôme de Recherche from the École du Louvre and her Ph.D. in art history from Paris-IV Sorbonne. She joined the Getty Museum in 2008 and has worked on several exhibitions and catalogs, including Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture(2008) and Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment (2016). Her research also focuses on the history of collecting and treatises on sculpture techniques in eighteenth-century France. She is currently preparing a catalog dedicated to the Museum's collection of French sculpture.
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