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Versailles Palace From A Decorative Painter’s Eye : Real Marble

Pierre Finkelstein Institute took group of 17 students to tour of Palace of Versailles. The students were painting a panel for 8 days in a studio near by. Pierre Finkelstein wrote about his visit to the Versailles Palace. This is one post by Pierre Finkelstein in a series. See also: Part 1, Gilding, Real Ornament, Faux Marble

A VISIT BY PIERRE

The Palace of Versailles is a rare find when it comes to examples of real marble.  The halls, rooms, and exterior are packed with fine European and French marbles.  What is particularly exciting is the care that was taken to place certain species next to one another.  Also, the type of “cut” of marble was a thoughtful consideration.  It seems to me that every selection was to yield the best representation of the characteristics and the colors of the marble.

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