‘La Galerie de Diane’, Lost Interiors of the Tuileries

‘La Galerie de Diane’

c.1865

galerie de diane tuileries

‘La Galerie de Diane’

c.1865

galerie de diane anon c1856

The Gallery of Diana was one of the Tuileries’ staterooms which survived almost unchanged from the late 17th century until its destruction in 1871. The 52m-long apartment was constructed c.1670 during the reign of Louis XIV. The ceiling, walls and doors of the gallery were decorated with forty-one mythological scenes. Twenty-one of the scenes were 17th century copies of Carracci’s famous frescoes at the Farnese Palace in Rome. The subjects included Diana with Pan and Endymion, hence the gallery’s name. The stereographs do little justice to the scale and splendour of the room, the ceiling especially which was crammed with human figures in various states of undress against a backdrop of blue skies and verdant trees. The room was lit by a series of gigantic rock crystal chandeliers, and this is where Marie Antoinette played billards when the French royal family were incarcerated at the Tuileries during the Revolution. The entire room was destroyed in May 1871 when the palace was torched during the Paris Commune.

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