Versailles and the Iconography of Homosexuality


The Olympians, the Royal Family Portrait by Jean Norcet (1670). We see it when we enter the Sun King’s antechamber, the antechamber nick-named Bull’s Eye. This family portrait shows us all of Louis XIV’s immediate family and also tells us a couple of things about its patron, Philip of Orleans. The Duke wanted Jean Norcet to portray him as Aurora, not only because Aurora was the Sun’s younger sister and brother Louis was naturally posing as Apollo, but also because of the spell cast upon Aurora by Venus; the spell that gave the rosy-fingered one the insatiable desire for handsome young men.

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