Sunday, July 17, 2016


Ariane Endormie
Detail of a marvelously baroque--speaking in terms of dramatic movement--sculpture of Ariande, or Ariane to the French, in the formal gardens of the Château de Versailles.  The work by Cornielle Van Clève was executed in 1688 and is a copy of a bronze sculpture cast by Le Primatice (Primaticcio), which itself was modeled after a marble Ariande at the Vatican. The bronze had been commissioned by François I for Fontainebleau. Until the 19th century the sculpture was known as Cléopâtre (Cleopatra) because of the serpent wound around her arm.

endormir:  to fall asleep
endormi(e):  asleep, sleepy

©2016 P.B. Lecron

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