Versailles:  aerial view and, above, view looking west over Grand Canal

  Cour de Marbre (Marble Courtyard), Louis XIII's original hunting lodge

 

  The "Envelope," the original garden facade by Louis Le Vaux

   Extended garden front:  the Envelope as modified by Jules Hardouin-Mansart

  Hall of Mirrors,  (left);  Salon of War (above) Le Brun interior architect and painter

                         
                   

     Versailles:  chapel, ceiling fresco by Coypel

    Rome:  Ceiling fresco of Il Gesu by Bacciccio