The Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre in France (from 16 April to 14 July 2013)
VERSAILLES – The exhibition “Treasure of the Holy Sepulchre: Gifts from European Royal Courts to Jerusalem” began on Tuesday, April 16 at the Palace of Versailles and will run until July 14, 2013. 250 “unknown” masterpieces and some of the last art treasures of the West are on display.
Sent by major European sovereigns to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, these amazing works of art are shown to the public for the first time in the halls of the Crusaders of Palace of Versailles whose pictorial decorations have been recently restored.
Visitors will discover these gifts of magnificence that is often unparalleled in the world. Organized by origin, they show how the various European sovereigns have vied in generosity to increase the splendor of the Treasury of the Holy Sepulchre.
Indirectly revealed in this way, is the immense power of the charm and attraction that Jerusalem exercises and, at the same time, the diplomatic, political and religious issues that are intermingled therein.
The supervision of this exhibition is provided by Bernard Degout, Director of the Maison Chateaubriand and Jacques Charles-Gaffiot, art historian.
In collaboration with the Consul General of Hauts-de-Seine .