In the Garden of the Sun King
Studies on the Park of Versailles under Louis XIV
Robert W. Berger
Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Garden and Landscape Studies
Architecture, Art, Art History, Landscape Architecture History, Garden and Landscape Studies
ISBN: 978-0-88402-141-4, Hardcover, 1985, Out of print
This is the first book in English entirely devoted to the architectural and sculptural decorations of the park of Versailles under Louis XIV. The author draws upon and quotes from contemporary sources and documents, so that the voices of the Sun King's era may speak directly to the modern reader. The result is a deeper insight into one of the key monuments of Western art. As the author concludes: "The total ethos of this garden bespeaks not merely the power and glory of a political reign but also the intellectual depth and refinement of an entire culture."