Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The bases of two busts vandalized at Versailles – Le Figaro

The historical monument filed a complaint Tuesday after the discovery of two broken sculptures media in the Grand Trianon Park.

The Versailles estate filed suit Tuesday after the discovery of two bases of broken marble busts in the Grand Trianon Park, will we learned Wednesday from sources.

degradation of these two marble pedestals, literally “broken in half” were found Tuesday by the castle staff, according to a police source, suspecting “a malicious act.” They argue “two marble busts of ancient inspiration, of an unknown sculptor, and dated to the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century “, told AFP a spokesman for the Palace of Versailles.

These busts, which were under the covers to protect them from the cold, were spared, but “have nevertheless been transferred to our restoration workshops for further examination,” he added. The two works, a representation of Mithridates for one, an allegory of Europe to the other, are part of a set of 25 busts arranged amphitheater, in the gardens of the Grand Trianon.

The damage at Versailles are “rare,” said the police source without being able to explain what caused the damage. The investigation was turned over to the police of Versailles.

Listed as a World Heritage site, the domain of Versailles, bringing together the Castle, the Grand Trianon, Petit Trianon and gardens every year more than ten million visitors, according to his official website. The castle itself has attracted 7.5 million tourists in 2013.


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