Veue et perspective du Theatre d'Eau de Versailles
26.1 cm x 38.9 cm (10 1/4 in. x 15 5/16 in.)
François Antoine Aveline II
(Paris , 1727 - 1780, London)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
The Théâtre d’Eau was one of Versailles most elaborate bosquets. It was a technological marvel with complex water features and rich decoration. It was designed to be able to accommodate various spectacles, such as plays, concerts and ballets. The shows took place on the elevated stage area in front of a backdrop of running water from the fountains. A slightly lower level provided ample space for seating. Most such entertainments were staged on temporary structures constructed in the gardens of Versailles; the Théâtre d’Eau offered a permanent option that did not require constant dismantling and rebuilding.