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Last chance to see Versailles treasures in closing days
Tina Arena at the National Gallery of Australia's Versailles: Treasures from the Palace exhibition in Canberra. Photo: Cybele Malinowski, courtesy of the National Gallery of Australia
For those who haven't yet had the chance, there are still a few weeks left to see the Palace of Versailles exhibition.
Since opening in December 2016, the exhibition has enthralled the Australian public and closes on April 17.
Staged exclusively in Canberra, at the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), the world-famous treasures (transported outside France for the first time in history) include the handcrafted harp of Marie-Antoinette, luxurious gilded furniture, tapestries, royal paintings, items from the famous Hall of Mirrors, and more.
It's a luscious peep into the opulence of palace life in 16th to 17th century France, a period central to French history.
Travelling all the way from Versailles, France, the exhibition showcases over 130 items across the reigns of King Louis XIV, XV and XVI.
Enhancing the experience, master perfumer, Francis Kurkdjian, has conjured an orange blossom fragrance inspired by Louis XIV to scent the foyer of the exhibition.
Versailles, a wealthy suburb 20 km's southwest of Paris, was the seat of political power in France from 1682 until the French Revolution, and as such is symbolic of the power and extravagance of the French monarchy during the era.