The Real-Tennis Court Oath
The Real-Tennis Court Oath or when David rewrote History exhibition recounts the birth and journey to the present of a work by Jacques-Louis David, which has become legendary.
Nearly seventy works (prints, drawings, films, sculptures or archival documents) have been collected on David's sketch of the Real-Tennis Court Oath, an unfinished masterpiece on display to the public for a limited time only.
This exhibition is part of the project to develop the History of France Museum of Versailles. Created at the palace in 1833, by Louis-Philippe, and dedicated "to all the glories of France", the museum recounts the major events of French history through paintings and sculptures. David's Real-Tennis Court Oath, incorporated into its collections in 1920, is one of the most incredible masterpieces.
Two thirds of the artwork and documents, most of which are rarely or never displayed, come from public and private French collections.
The display begins in the large room of Madame de Maintenon's apartment and ends with David's sketch, on display in the Chimay attic, which is accessible via the stucco staircase.