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Versailles, the temple of gilding

In the former palace of Louis XIV, whose subjects called him the Sun King, gold is everywhere: on the gates, the roofs, the sculptures, the woodwork and the ceilings.

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This is the ideal place to learn how to be a gilder. Fabrice Gohard, France’s most prestigious gilder, has tasked the young Laura with her first workshop.

In the Apollo salon, the most sumptuous room of the king’s apartments, the apprentice copies the precise gestures of the master. With her brush, she lays golden leaves a hundred times thinner than a paper sheet.

“You are here” takes you behind the scenes of the palace, with the best guide there is: Versailles’s chief architect, Frédéric Didier.

 

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