From the Second Empire to the Great War, the high international society takes its winter quarters in the palaces of Menton to enjoy an eternal spring. One comes first to hope to heal; then, very quickly, we look for the between-ones on the Riviera and the pleasures it can offer. It is a true journey to the time of the Belle Epoque where Menton, a city of Palaces invites us. The book presents the historical, social and scientific context that led to the construction of these exceptional architectures; twenty-two monographs provide an unparalleled panorama of this ensemble designed by famous architects such as Hans-Georg Tersling from Denmark, Niçois Joseph-Albert Tournaire and Mentonnais Abel Gléna and Alfred Marsang. It also evokes the elegant hotel gardens in which local species and acclimatized exotic plants rub shoulders.
Bringing together the best specialists, the work is served by a rich iconography, alternating archival images and photographs by Michel Eisenlohr, whose sensitivity of vision illuminates the soul of these sumptuous buildings …
Editions Honoré Clair
April 18, 2019 to May 18, 2019