robert de cotte


Post 2 of 3: From my May trip to Versailles: the Hercules Salon. This drawing room is the largest in the palace and originally was the site of the fourth royal chapel (1682-1710) under Louis XIV. In 1712, the King ordered his chief architect, Robert de Cotte (brother in law and successor to Jules Hardouin-Mansart) to create a proper setting for the enormous masterpiece “Repast at Simon’s Abode” by Veronese. It was gifted to Louis XIV in 1664 by the Republic of Venice. The room’s construction was interrupted with the death of Louis XIV in 1715 and restarted shortly after the return of Louis XV in 1722. On the ceiling is the greatest work of the genius François Lemoyne titled “Apotheosis of Hercules” completed in 1736. I tried to capture some of the details of Robert de Cotte’s exquisite Rococo decoration while cropping out the hundreds of tourists that fill the room, hence more ceiling than floors, lol. I also added a few floor plans and exterior photos to help show its location on the Royal Floor between the North Wing and Ange-Jacques Gabriel’s Royal Chapel and the enfilade of the State Apartment.

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Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte (architects); sculptures by Corneille van Clève and ceiling painting by Antoine Coypel. Chapelle du Château de Versailles. 1699-1710.

Marble and bronze high altar, marble sculpture, oil painting on canvas.

Chapelle du Château de Versailles. Versailles, France.

Jules Hardouin-Mansart and Robert de Cotte (architects). La Chambre de l'Impératrice. 1687-1688. Dessus-de-porte depicting flowers by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer. The bed was made by François-Honoré-Georges Jacob-Desmalter in 1809, and the bergère (armchair) was made by Pierre-Benoit Marcion in 1809.

Cette pièce sera créée en 1691, à l'emplacement de quatre petites pièces de buffets, pour aménager une chambre destinée à Louis XIV, puis au Grand Dauphin. Divisée sous l'Empire pour former une chambre plus petite et un salon, elle sera destinée à Madame Mère en 1805, puis à l'impératrice Marie-Louise, et enfin à la reine Marie-Amélie.

La Chambre de l'Impératrice, L'Appartement de l'Impératrice, Le Grand Trianon, parc du château de Versailles. Versailles, France.