Australian art lovers will be able to get up close and personal with over 100 rare French treasures which will go on display in the National Gallery in Canberra next December.
Included in the Palace of Versailles treasure trove going on tour are personal items from Marie-Antionette and Louis XIV.
The New Daily reports that the unique exhibition will feature 130 paintings as well as sculptures, woodworks, furniture and tapestries which showcase the opulent lifestyle within the palace from the second half of the 1700s into the early 1800s period.
At 23, Vigée Le Brun was summoned to Versailles to paint Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), who was a few months younger than she. Three full-length life-size portraits of the queen are on view in “Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France,” opening to the public on February 15. Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755-1842). Marie Antoinette in Court Dress, 1778. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. #metmuseum #VigeeLeBrun #MarieAntoinette
It is something of a coup for the gallery which has worked closely with French authorities to get agreement for the collection to leave the home country for the first time.
Major attractions in the rare treasures will undoubtedly be a formal portrait of Marie-Antoinette, a marble bust of King Louis XIV. Also on display will be the marble Lantona Fountain sculpture, which weighs in excess of 1.5 tonne marble.
The exhibition will also show a number of personal effects belonging to the pair, mostly notably a golden container for holy relics which was owned by the mother of Louis XIV. The rare treasures will also demonstrate a handcrafted chair and harp belonging to Marie-Antionette.