Le Bassin de Saturne, Versailles
published by Langlois in 1704
30.6 cm x 40.3 cm (12 1/16 in. x 15 7/8 in.)
(Paris, 1638 - 1695, Paris)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
The Bassin de Bacchus and Bassin de Saturne are two fountains from a series of four representing the four seasons in the guise of ancient gods. They were part of the complex plan of the gardens of Versailles and allude to Louis XIV’s power and divine support. Together they suggest that the seasons, and time itself, revolve around Louis XIV, the magnificent Sun King.
Like many such prints the scenes are populated with a variety of figures. These include not only nobles enjoying a stroll in the gardens but also numerous gardeners and their assistants going about their daily chores.