Enchanted Isles, Fatal Shores: Living Versailles conference, co-convened by Power Institute Director Mark Ledbury, will be live streamed from the Australian National University School of Art & Design Facebook page on Friday March 17 (10:00-16:30 AEST) and Saturday March 18 (09:30-16:30 AEST).

The conference explores the history of art, design and architecture and the enduring influence and resonance of Versailles, its desires and self- perceptions of modernity, from film to fashion to architecture. Gathering a generation of scholars whose work is shifting our perceptions of the art, culture and life of the ancien régime, Versailles and its reception, this is the occasion for fresh and challenging research, and new perspectives on canon-defining works.


Conference Schedule:

Friday 17 March

10.00–10.20am DIRECTOR’S WELCOME

10.30am – 12.00pm SESSION ONE: Making the palace chris

Hannah Williams (London), The other palace: Versailles and the Louvre
Wolf Burchard (National Trust, UK), At the centre of the world: Charles Le Brun’s Ambassadors Staircase at Versailles
Bénédicte Gady (Louvre), The grands décors of Charles Le Brun: Between plan and serendipity

1.00–2.30pm SESSION TWO: The culture industry

Sing d’Arcy (UNSW), Heavenly voice, earthly bodies: The physical presence of music making in the architectural space of Versailles
Matthew Martin (NGV), Porcelain and power: The meaning of porcelain in ancien régime France
Florian Knothe (HKU), Artisans du roi: Collaborations at the Gobelins, Louvre and the Academie royale de peinture et de sculpture under the influence of the Petite Académie

3.00–4.30pm SESSION THREE: Living at Versailles

Mimi Hellman (Skidmore), (Re)Imagining the ‘government’ of a royal governess
Sarah Grant (V&A), Courting favour: The apartments and residence of the Princess of Lamballe at Versailles
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell (LA), Bigwigs: Hair, politics and power at the court of Versailles

Saturday 18 March

9.30–11.00am SESSION FOUR: Outsiders

David Maskill (Wellington), A Turk in the Hall of Mirrors
Meredith Martin (NYU/IFA), From port to palace: Maritime art and Mediterranean servitude at Louis XIV’s Versailles (via video link)
Daniëlle Kisluk-Grosheide (Met), Outside insider: Cornelis Hop (1685–1762), Dutch ambassador to the court of Louis XV

11.30am – 1.00pm SESSION FIVE: Representation
Mark de Vitis (USyd), The politics of embellishment in prints of Louis XIV
Louis Marchesano (Getty), Strategies of engraving and etching in Description de la grotte de Versailles 1676
Sophie Matthiesson (NGV), From fountains of Apollo to fountains of Liberty: Artificial landscapes as political spectacle in eighteenth-century France

2.00–3.30pm SESSION SIX: Versailles now

Allison Holland (Perth), Reverberations of Japanese art at Versailles
Jennifer Ferng (USyd), American Versailles: Kitsch opulence, capitalism and McMansion dreams in Florida
Robert Wellington (ANU), Tanned by the Sun King: Donald Trump and Louis XIV

3.30–4.30pm ROUND TABLE

For more information, visit the conference webpage: http://nga.gov.au/symposia/versailles/