One definition of luxury is :" A state of great comfort and extravagant living." I'm not sure that gold leaf enhances comfort but it certainly is extravagant. Whenever I see extravagant use of gold leaf, I wonder who starved so a building could be glorified.
Actual building costs for Versailles are debated by modern historians, because currency values are uncertain. However, Versailles' price tag ranges anywhere from two billion dollars (in 1994 USD) all the way up to a maximum cost of $299,520,000,000!
Th image is a composite of three images, an effort to minimize the visual impact of visitors
A really fancy contribution to our theme of July! All this lavish use of gold and this playful architecture and decoration surely must be called luxury - especially when thinking about the living conditions of the so called populace in these times. Actually a luxury only in order to show off, to impress - a decadent one ... The panoramic view underlines this impressively.
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plimrn (2019/07/08 14:14:19): I've never been big on Luxury, so all of my luxury images were taken with Joshua....he likes the idea of Luxury
I can't see Versailles as being luxurious more like opulent. My comment to my Goddaughter when we were touring Versailles in March 2003 was, "it's no wonder they lost their heads..." and see what you can do when you "...let them eat cake..." The main image is nice but I think it suffers the same problem at the LV, a bit soft to my old eyes.
plimrn (2019/07/09 19:28:35): I thought the same thing about lost heads. As to the sharpness, hand done composites aren't easy; a tripod would have helped.
Uff, no wonder there was a revolution. No way we could ever re-build such a place in our days, simply too cost-intensive. And I also wonder if there is the craftsmanship still available it would need. Fits the theme perfectly. Leaving in parts of the golden fence is an excellent idea, it gives a straight line and makes it less "uneven".
I should not write this but I have never visited this place despite that I lived in Paris for some months. One of these days I should probably pay it a visit.
plimrn (2019/07/09 19:43:46): Probably not, I prefer images from walking tours and street photography
I would guess that the title is a rethorical question, right? ;-)
Just about anything in Versailles is luxurious. It was the beginning of the decadent luxury which ultimately ended in the revolution as the difference between the poor and rich got to an extreme.
The light you got here makes it even better as it turns almost everything into gold. Lovely moment with nice clouds up in the sky.
plimrn (2019/07/12 17:36:18): It is extravagant, but I suspect it was never comfortable, give all the political intrigue
a nice slice of the high areas of the famous palace enhancing the rich adornments. a nice sample for the month theme. yes, many money was spent here, probably not enough to preserve the head of kings during the revolution even if they had tried..