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Visitors to Versailles 1682–1789, a popular exhibit originally opened at the Château de Versailles in France, will move to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue in New York and will be on display from April 16–July 29, 2018. This exhibit is a significant compilation of what visitors and travelers to Versailles would have seen and experienced during this crucial time in French history as well as daily life at Versailles. The exhibition is the first on this subject and will turn the spotlight on these visitors through more than 300 works from the late 17th century to the French Revolution. With portraits and sculptures, Court attire, travel guides, tapestries, Sevres and Meissen porcelain, display weapons and snuffboxes, the exhibition will reveal what visitors discovered upon arriving at Versailles, the sort of welcome awaiting them, what they saw and their impressions, the gifts or memories they left with. A Shift…

Pastels are made from powdery substances that are fragile and subject to fading. In accordance with modern museum practice, they are exhibited in very low light or rotated to ensure their long-term preservation. This display is a temporary extension of the new installation in the adjoining galleries for European Old Master paintings. Absolutely stunning examples of this medium.  Such exquisite execution and all so beautifully preserved. Described by the great Salon critic and encyclopedist Dennis Diderot as no more than dust, pastel owes it distinctive velvety quality to its powdery surface, which reflects diffuse scattered light. Consisting of finely ground pigment and a white mineral extender moistened with a minute quantity of binder (such as oatmeal whey, mineral spirits, and gum tragacanth) rolled into sticks of color, pastels are made in a progression of tints and shades. Pastelists kept hundreds of such crayons on hand. The popularity of pastel—especially for…