Palace Of Versailles Research Paper

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Castles, palaces, and cathedrals are scattered across Europe. Each one possesses unique characteristics and architecture bearing resemblance of their time. Some castles incorporate Greek influence, roman or gothic influence in design. Other castles and palaces are surrounded by sculptures outside in the courtyard or include sculptures worshiped as an altarpiece. While any one of these things would serve to make an ordinary castle more elaborate there is one palace that possesses all of these: The Palace of Versailles in France. The Palace of Versailles has managed to incorporate classic architecture, exquisite sculptures, and amalgamated the old design with the newer design trends of the day.
The palace of Versailles contains architecture from the Greek, Roman, and Gothic eras. The Greeks used Doric, Ionic, Corinthian order columns in their architecture (Fiero 59). One example of Doric columns can be found in the columns that helped support the weight of
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Relief sculptures can be found inside the palace above the arched walkways and in the chapel (Perouse de Montclos 285). In the salon of war an equestrian relief sculpture is place above the fireplace (Perouse de Montclos 239). The palace has an abundance of sculpture to connecting it to classical culture. While the sculptures in the courtyard and gardens tell stories of Greek past, they were mixed with the new style of Rococo. Rococo flaunted happiness, nobility and ornate appearance (Fiero 312, 314). On the palace grounds cherubs are seen dancing reflecting a sense of happiness (Perouse de Montclos 417). Inside the palace classic Greek culture is blended with new ornate design (Perouse de Montclos 285). This new design brought new life to the Classic design. The new design was seen reflected in paintings, sculptures, and interior design of the
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