Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More Robo-Rococo!

What a coincidence!  There has been so much fuss over the Murakami exhibit at Versailles that it has overshadowed an exhibit that I personally would be more excited to see.  Sciences and Curiosities at the Court of Versailles runs from now to 9 February and displays some of the very automata we were just talking about!  Something I found pretty cool about the exhibit was it contains the Marie Antoinette automaton which will be returning to the palace after a lengthy absence; although, as it is explained in the video, she bought it for the Academy of Science.  Check out the video for the interesting exhibit below:


  1. Awesome! Thanks for posting this.

  2. How fascinating! This reminds of the 'clockwork androids' also in a Rococo setting in that DW episode, The Girl in the Fireplace


  3. Now that would be an amazing trip, getting to see Versailles & the automatons. Magical! It was kind of Marie to purchase the automaton for the Academy of Science, especially when many a queen or princess would have kept such a lovely curiousity in their personal collection.

    Have you seen Cathrine the Great's peacock clock? It is exquisit!

    here it is in motion at the Winter Palace.

    this one is louder & longer, but I love the gasps & the clapping from the crowd

  4. Here is a short video on the famous Turk

  5. @CS, Glad you enjoyed!

    @H, I'm one of the few ppl who doesn't watch DW (I have enough addictions!) but "clockwork androids" are exactly what they are! There is something so fascinating about them

    @CSS, Thanks! That peacock is MAGNIFICENT!

    @Anon, I JUST saw this video, and was wondering where it was when I was looking for one of the Turk reconstruction. Thanks for the link!

  6. Incredible! Thanks so much for posting that.

  7. Sounds like a worthy excuse to visit if you ask me! Fabulous!