John Vanderlyn / The Palace and Gardens of Versailles / 1818-1819John Vanderlyn
The Palace and Gardens of Versailles

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Creator Name: Vanderlyn, John
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1775-1852
Creator Name-CRT: John Vanderlyn
Title: The Palace and Gardens of Versailles
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1818
Creation End Date: 1819
Creation Date: 1818-1819
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 12 x 165 ft. (360 cm x 49 m 50 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 52.184
Credit Line: Gift of the Senate House Association, Kingston, N.Y., 1952

This circular panoramic view of Versailles was painted at Kingston, New York, and New York City between 1818 and 1819. Vanderlyn used numerous sketches (Senate House Museum, Kingston, New York) that he had made at Versailles in 1814. The perspective was carefully adjusted to the circular shape. The painting was originally intended for display in the Rotunda built by Vanderlyn in 1818 at the northeast corner of City Hall Park in New York. Its showing there was not as successful as Vanderlyn had wished. In search of some profit, Vanderlyn toured intermittently with the panorama until his death. The artist depicted himself pointing out Czar Alexander I and King Frederick William II of Prussia to the right of the Basin de Latone.

AMICA ID: MMA_.52.184
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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