The Bassin d'Apollon (Fountain of Apollo) was constructed on the site of a rectangular quadrilobate pond (then known as Swan Pond) dug in 1636, during the reign of Louis XIII. The lead sculpture, from which the fountain took its name, executed by Jean-Baptiste Tuby in 1668, depicts Apollo in his chariot drawn by four horses, and surrounded by four Tritons and four sea monsters. The sculpture was brought to Versailles from the Gobelins works in 1670, and was gilded and installed the following year.
In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo, the ideal of the kouros (a beardless youth), was the archer-god of medicine and healing, light, truth, archery and also a bringer of death-dealing plague. As the patron of Delphidia, Apollo was an oracular god. He was the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle, as well as one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. Apollo also had dominion over colonists, over medicine and was the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses and director of their choir, he is a god of music and poetry. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.
Apollo is son of Zeus and Leto, and the twin brother of the chaste huntress Artemis, who took the place of Selene in some myths as goddess of the moon.
In Hellenistic times, especially during the 3rd century BC, as Apollo Helios he became identified among Greeks with Helios, god of the sun, and his sister similarly equated with Selene, goddess of the moon.
It was taken Nikon F301 and was scanned from dia-positive.Nikkor 50mm f/1.8.It was little bit misty.
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CMJC (4026) 2010-01-28 5:21
j'aime beaucoup ce cadrage avec une belle mise en valeur du plan d'eau
vraiment dommage en revanche les voitures à l'arrière plan sur la gauche et peut être l'horizontalité demande une très très légère rectification;
enfin en dépit de la brume je crois que les personnages de la fontaine devraient être plus nets; un petit clic sur sharpeness serait parfait, non? ça c'est le redimmensionnement pour TE ...
afroditi (731) 2010-01-28 5:24
Beautiful composition of picture and colours!Nice frame and good point of reception!!!
Nicou (126408) 2010-01-28 6:42
Quel reflet, fantasitque captage sur ce bassin et la statue, on dirait qui glissent sur la suface, quel effet, merveilleux cpatage et iamge.
bravo et amitié