ISBN 9788880955078,The Worlds Greatest Royal Palaces

The Worlds Greatest Royal Palaces


Timeless Books



Timeless Books

Publication Year 2000

ISBN 9788880955078

ISBN-10 8880955071

Hard Back

Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)

The Arts

Built to astonish and to celebrate the magnificence of the most powerful families in the world, royal palaces and houses are the consequences of an age in which the splendour and opulence of a prince or a people could be measured by the decor of a salon, by the grandeur of a building or the originality of a fountain. Suspended between the sky and the earth, as occurred in the Far East, so solidly rooted to the ground, as was the norm in Europe, the house of the monarch has always been the meeting point of two minds: that of the master, who saw in his house the expression of his power and creativity, and that of the architect and teams of craftmen who built it for him, often creating a noble monument rather than a place to live. The flow of the greatest painters, sculptors and architects of the world that passed through these palaces permitted the growth and duffusion of their artistic techniques and philosophies. This book tells of the mysteries and legends of the buildings and the official and secret versions of the history of their occupants. The text is complemented by a series of splendid photographs that together offer the reader a visit through space and time to the most famous palaces of the world where the lives of royal families and their courts burned bright and where beauty was mixed with power.