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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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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