The Stone Guest


Tirzo de Molina, the inventor of the legendary Don Juan, is an author of another powerful image, that of the Infernal Statue which gives the original Don Juan play its title, Convidado de la Piedra.

There is a similar statue at the park of Chateau Versailles. It is like no other statue there: much smaller than the rest of them, it combines two types of stone, marble and gray granite. You may find it in the Grove of the Queen.

The statue’s first owner was none other than Nicolas Fouquet. And it came to Chateau Versailles from Chateau de Vaux together with other confiscated statues, as well as the tapestries, vases, marble tiles, uprooted trees, bushes, scooped out lawn…

The right hand of the statue holds the scroll with the universal law, its index raised to the sky; as for the left one, apparently the left hand of Minerva has already been once repaired, a sinister sign, pointing down to where all the broken off hands go, and from where most of them don’t return.

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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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