Photographer's Note

The history of Versailles started in 1623, when Luis XIII ordered to construct to a pavilion of hunting and a small castle in rock and brick in the way of coutada, 23km the southwest of Paris. The king liked this small castle in such a way that decided to add it. When its son Luis XIV, knew the Castle in 1651, he had only 13 years, and after innumerable visits, he decided for the construction of the palace, that would come to happen from 1664. In 1669, arquitecto Louis Le Ford (1612-1670) was charged to transform a hunting pavilion, in the biggest palace of the Europe. The first task was to drain the enormous quagmires and to terraplanar lands in its redor. During these works, thousands of workers had died of fever and pneumonia.As paintings, tapestries, sculptures, and furniture had been executed by the best Italian artists and French of the time, of among which it is distinguished the gardener Andre Le Nôtre (1613-1700), painter Charles Le Brun (1619-1690) and the sculptors François Girardon (1628-1715), Antoine Coysevox (1640-1720) and Etienne Le Hongre (1628-1690) had produced hundreds of works for the palace and gardens.

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