The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Jardin du Luxembourg

La Fontaine de Médicis (Fountain of Medicis), originally known as La grotte du Luxembourg (The cave of Luxembourg), was commissioned in 1624 by the Marie de Médicis (Marie de' Medici), the second wife and widow of King Henri IV, and mother of King Louis XIII, who wanted to emulate la grotte de Buontalenti in jardins de Boboli in her hometown Florence.

Designed by engineer Florentin Thomas Francine, it comprised of three niches and a pediment with coats of arms of France and Médicis, backed by la fontaine de Léda. The fountain was moved and refitted in 1861. Alphonse de Gisors restored the arms, and created a 50 meter water alley lined with trees. The new basin was filled with the The centerpiece sculpture, added in 1866 by Auguste Louis Ottin, depicts the cyclops, Polyphème, waiting to crush Galatée, who is holding Acis, with a boulder, and Pan faune and Diane chasseresse (Diana the Huntress) watching from each side.

Acis et Galatée (Acis and Galatea) tells the story of a love triangle between the three main characters of Acis, a mortal shepherd, Galatea, a semi-divine nymph, and Poliphème. Poliphème murders Acis out of jealousy, as depicted in this work, but he is revived and turned into a fountain (or river by Neptune, depending on the telling).

The Jardin du Luxembourg, referred to by locals as Luco. is a 224,500 m² public park--the largest in the city--designed in the French style in 1612. The park is centered around thePalais du Luxembourg, constructed between 1615 and 1627 for Marie de Medicis, mother of Louis XIII, and currently the home of the French Senate. The Jardin features two noteworthy fountas--the Fontaine de Medicis, a baroque fountain designed in 1624; and at the southern end, in an extension known as Jardins de l'Observatoire, Davioud, Carpaux and Frémiet's Fontaine de l'Observatoire, erected in 1873. 
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Faune Dansant by Eugene Louis Lequesne 1850.
New York, Washington, Paris, Vienna, Eisenstadt, Venice, Firenze and Rome series try to continue in Sketches of Cities.
(At Least Once A Week)
Gracias por su visita. / Thanks for visiting, please be sure that I read each and every one of your kind comments and I appreciate them all. 


B SQUARED said...

Those Medicis were responsible for so much much beauty we enjoy today.

brattcat said...

another fine, intriguing series of shots.

Anonymous said...

A place full of history - and your photos are great!

T. Becque said...

Once again, stunning. I so love how you arranged the texture of the leaves to bring out the statue in the last image. The fountain is beautiful both in color and b&w, although I'm partial to b&w and I keep looking at it!

By the way, 36 hours in a day would be very handy, although I suppose very tiring too!

Petrus said...

This looks like a very interesting place to visit - Paris is certainly a vibrant city.

Cris said...

Magnific! :)

Japy said...

Some more great photos as usual. Greetings.

Costea said...

Wonderful image.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful,lovely and amazing shots !!Fantastic post !