• LOCATION 33 | Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Vénus

    Vénus on Versailles, Yvelines audio tour Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens

    Stop here before the bathing beauty.

    Unlike her namesake in the Louvre, this one still has her arms. Her left holds up her robes and her right is squeezing out water from her braided hair. "Have we disturbed your toilette, dear goddess of gorgeous?"

    This is one of at least 5 representations of Venus in these gardens. It wasn't enough for Louis XIV to show off his power and cleverness alone. People must also know that he had refined taste and an appreciation for beauty. They were equally welcome to infer that he possessed those qualities himself. At the very least, they should be impressed by the attractiveness of his owned objects, and the kept women in his entourage.

    Now, turn back to face the way you came, and take a right just ahead to enter the wood.

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Hidden Messages from the Sun King: A Guide to the Palace of Versailles' Gardens