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.

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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