MARTIN, Jean-Baptiste
(b. 1659, Paris, d. 1735, Paris)

The Stables Viewed from the Château at Versailles

Oil on canvas, 260 x 184 cm
Musée National du Château, Versailles

In 1679-82 a great fan-shaped square, the Place d'Armes, was built in front of the Château at Versailles. Two remarkable edifices were set between the three imposing, straight avenues fanning out from the centre: the Grand Stables to the north (for saddle horses) and the Lesser Stables to the south (for draft horses).

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