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Le Bassin de Saturne, Versailles

published by Langlois in 1704
17th century
30.6 cm x 40.3 cm (12 1/16 in. x 15 7/8 in.)

Adam Perelle (Paris, 1638 - 1695, Paris) Primary

Object Type: print
Artist Nationality: Europe, French
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002
Accession Number: 2002.578

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.

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