Category Archives: Allegory at Chateau Versailles

Versailles, the Beautiful.

There are things about Versailles I don’t even try to understand; for example, I often fancy this statue emerge out of the fog somewhere along the Central Alley. Right across from it, Milon de Crotone; but if butt-biting of the Olympic champion … Continue reading

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Versailles and Stages of Life

In my dream I see all sorts of women crowded on an island. My first intention is to swim; second to build a raft and permanently move with my posessions; then I decide to wait: they’ll swim themselves! Indeed, why … Continue reading

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Ride on, but What Does it Mean?

Who is this woman, and what’s going on here? Actually, there are four women framing the court, and every one of them is riding some guy: innocent fun, Versailles style! They are allegories, of course, or are they? It all … Continue reading

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Baroque Neck

Alexander did have a crooked neck. Louis XIV did not. But when you see a teenage girl smile for a photograph, tilting her head slightly to the right or to the left, consider this as a reference to the past … Continue reading

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Four Corners, One Puzzle

Why do these four tragic couples decorate the four corners in the Salon of Venus? Theseus and Ariadne, she is still holding on to her threads, but you cannot win the man’s heart with favors, not even with sexual favors; so, … Continue reading

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Careful! Allegory At Versailles

Why does Crystal Gallery avoid a direct look at the events it describes? Let us examine closer the two medallions and an octagon which frame the first section of the epic narrative of the ceiling: the humiliation of the Turkish army by … Continue reading

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