Versailles As a Pyramid


P9029582 (FILEminimizer)This fountain is called Pyramid; and it represents cornucopia, or to cut the symbolism, the apotheosis of a meal, usually the dessert. I had already mentioned the pyramids of fruit, one of them so famously dropped in the presence of Madame de Sévigné; but other food pyramids decorated no less ostentatiously the middle of the groaning table. At the royal table fruit was available all year around, which was a sign of opulence; other exotic items could have a similar function, and I imagine that to signify opulence, not all of them had to be of a superior taste. The idea of taste was climbing the abstraction ladder, moving farther and farther away from the watering mouth.

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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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