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Veue et perspective du Theatre d'Eau de Versailles

18th century
26.1 cm x 38.9 cm (10 1/4 in. x 15 5/16 in.)

François Antoine Aveline II (Paris , 1727 - 1780, London) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.598

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.

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