In Versailles, the horses of the Chariot du Soleil have just been reinstalled in their original location.
In what was once the cave of Tethys, where Louis XIV played the Apollo and which has been the vestibule of the Royal Chapel since 1684.
Expression not of domestication or servitude but of harmony with man, these sets are a prelude to the equally magnificent exhibition mounted on the first floor of the North Wing.
It deals with the presence of animals in the field under the Ancien Régime.
"A politician rises in popularity as soon as he stages himself with a domestic animal"
Omnipresence, one should write.
Because thousands of animals, symbolic, moral or political, figured, and still appear, in the fixed or furnishing decorations.
And as many populated gardens, stables, aviaries, kennels, menagerie.
Up to the apartments, anterooms and lounges.
Trellis decor for the first part of the course.
The grove of the Labyrinth, which has disappeared since the reign of Louis XVI, is partly resuscitated there.
Each of its 39 fountains had as its theme an Aesop fable.
In total, this
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