Monday, 2 March 2015

Les bas-reliefs du Belvédère

Saturn Belvedere Petit Trianon Versailles
VDP had another contender for yesterday's Theme Day. This is one of the bas-reliefs at the Belvedere at Petit Trianon and represents an old Saturn warming himself by the fire. The bas-reliefs of Richard Mique's little octagonal marvel represent the four seasons. Below are Flora, with a crown of roses; Ceres with a crown of ears of wheat and Dyonisus with a crown of vine stock. Finally, an unknown but modern deity, no doubt...

VDP avait en réserve une autre photo pour le thème d'hier. C'était l'un des bas-reliefs du Belvédère et représente un vieux Saturne se chauffant au feu. Les bas-reliefs de la petite splendeur octogonale de Richard Mique représentent les quatre saisons. Ci-dessous, Flore couronnée de roses, Cérès couronnée d'épis de blé et Bacchus couronné d'un cep de vigne. Enfin, une déité non identifiée mais moderne...
Flora Belvedere Petit Trianon Versailles
Ceres Belvedere Petit Trianon Versailles
Dyonisus Belvedere Petit Trianon Versailles

27 comments:

William Kendall said...

Beautiful work! It looks like Ceres is waiting for someone.

Michelle said...

Exquisite detail

Geoff Wilkinson said...

Love the one of Saturn, such a great face but then I like the others in dappled sunlight...decisions, decisions..

Randy said...

These are amazing. Love that last photo!

RedPat said...

Flora is so pretty, Ciel!

Bob Crowe said...

I wonder how engaged the nobility were with the art that surrounded them. The people depicted didn't lack for calories.

Jack said...

I might be partial to Flora and Ceres, but that is just me.

Amy Franks said...

very clever!

Stuart said...

They are exquisite ! And nicely captured.

EG CameraGirl said...

I like the light on the bottom two photos as I can see the bas relief quite well!

llandudnopictures said...

Amazingly detailed, well spotted and photographed.

Sharon Anck said...

These are simply beautiful. I love them all.

Josette T said...

tes photos sont superbes...je n'ai jamais réussi à les avoir comme ça !

Gunn said...

Beautiful ART and what fantastic light you got too.

Birdman said...

These would have worked too.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

They really are so special Ciel, long may they remain so perfect.

VP said...

You know that I am a fan of these allegorical reliefs: thank you for the great reportage!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful indeed!

I do like Flora with the crown of roses.
MB

Alain said...

Des fleurs, du blé pour faire du pain, du raisin pour faire du vin...il ne manque que Io pour le fromage...

José Mendonça said...

Great series, I like every shot but the muscles of the old man's arm on top caught my attention. Fantastic!

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

Très jolie série ... clin d'oeil sympa sur la dernière photo !

Loree said...

Exquisite details.

Tammie Lee said...

exquisite detail and beauty.
i love the light you captured these in!

Bergson said...

bien conservé

Julie said...

I echo the comment by Jose: the muscles in the upper arm of the old man in the first relief, are striking. It would take much subtle effort, and chipping away, to carve these portraits on what I guess to be relatively thin medium. I say medium, as I am not such if they are granite, or marble or something altogether different.

IMO, the light must have been a great challenge, being dappled and all ...

Tamera said...

Fantastic! I wonder how old they all are.

Karl Demetz said...

Diese sind sehr sehr schön, gut, dass Du sie im Detail fotografiert hast.