GABRIEL, Ange-Jacques
(b. 1698, Paris, d. 1782, Paris)

Interior view

Petit Trianon, Versailles

A reaction against Rococo, which was characterized by the dominance of divertingly playful decoration, coincided with a return to the principles of the "grand century" of Louis XIV. The most exquisite accomplishment of the classical revival was the Petit Trianon, a masterpiece of "purified classicism" completed in 1762 by Ange-Jacques Gabriel.

The photo shows the grand staircase in Petit Trianon.