Priapism of Louis XV

Jean-Baptiste II Lemoyne has chosen the myth of Vertumnus and Pomona to show us the romantic meeting of Louis XV and Madame Pompadour at the Ball of Ifs. At that ball, if we remember, the king was disguised as an evergreen. This is how the allegory reads…, Vertumnus, the god of gardens, fell in love with Pomona. To seduce the nymph the Etruscan was changing with four seasons. It is in the impotence of winter that he had finally gained her trust. But the Vertumnus is evergreen, and we imagine the nymph’s surprise when he revealed to her the priapic powers of his regeneration.

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