Cover of the book 'The Versailles Effect'

To celebrate the launch of the new book edited by Mark Ledbury and Robert Wellington, The Versailles Effect: Objects, Lives, and Afterlives of the Domaine (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), HECAA (Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture) is hosting a panel discussion on the place of the château de Versailles, the Trianons and the domaine in the history of art today.

As symbol, system and ecology, the Château and Domain of Versailles has long held a central but complex place in the history of Western art and in the global imaginary. The panel will discuss how and why Versailles still remains at the center of long-eighteenth-century studies today. How does the monument to the Bourbon regime fare in the era of recuperative histories of gender, race, and class? Why bother with Versailles?


Mark Ledbury—Power Professor of Art and Visual Culture, The University of Sydney

Robert Wellington—Senior Lecturer, Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University


Basile Baudez—Assistant Professor in Architectural History, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton

Sarah Grandin—The Clark-Getty Paper Project Curatorial Fellow, Clark Art Institute

Junko Takeda—Professor of History, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University

Aaron Wile—Associate Curator, Department of French Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Dates and times:

US/UK/France: Wednesday 28 April 2021

15:30–17:00 (PDT)

18:30–20:00 (EST)

23:30–01:00 (GMT)

00:30–02:00 (CEST)

Australia/New Zealand: Thursday 29 April 2021

08:30–10:00 (AEST)

10:30–12:00 (NZST)

This is an online event. Please be sure to register at the following link, so that you will receive the Zoom link one day prior to the event: