His Eloquence, the statue

They say in the park we still have a couple of trees left that date back to the days of Louis XIV; all the rest are copies. As for the statues, the most interesting is that of Diana; but if Diana resembles Louise de La Valliere as much as Eloquence resembles Louis XIV, then we are in the situation of my passport and driver’s licence: those two photos don’t have any family resemblance. And it is the same face, I swear, just a few years apart.  For one thing, by the time he was forty, Louis had no teeth left, and you probably know how one visit to a dentist changes your face, character and disposition.

So as far as the portrait’s accuracy, I wouldn’t stray away from the equestrian representation. Look at them. Right away you know who is important here. It’s not that the king is too big for the horse, or the horse is too small for him; but the first impression is such that you wouldn’t want to go against the Sun King in any kind of hand-to-hand combat. Don’t let that bow on the stallion’s tail fool you!

About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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