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Paris Jardin du Luxembourg, Fontaine Medicis

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The statue group in the center, Polyphemus Surprising Acis and Galatea, by Ottin (1861), was obviously not originally part of the fountain but was added at the time of the relocation. Like most of the Luxembourg statuary, it carries a heavy allegorical load but it is more captivating than many. As recounted in Ovid's Metamorphoses, Galatea was a Nereid (this is not the Galatea who was the sculpture/wife of Pygmalion) and Acis was a handsome son of Faunus and a sea nymph. Polyphemus was one of the Cyclops and a son of Poseidon, and later blinded by Odysseus (for which Polyphemus called on Poseidon to extract vengeance on Odysseus, propelling the latter into ten years of wandering in his attempt to get home). Polyphemus was crazy for Galatea and paid some belated attention to personal hygeine, cutting his beard with a scythe and combing his hair with a rake. But he discovered Acis and Galatea in the clinch and in his fury, told them they were having their last tryst. Galatea jumped into the sea to escape and Acis tried to run for it, but Polyphemus flung a huge rock at him and crushed him to death. The flow of Acis' blood was the source of the river that bears his name. In the sculpture, the lovers look blissful but their bliss is not going to last. It was no use telling Polyphemus that there were (49) other Nereids in the sea. The lovers are executed in beautiful while marble, Polyphemus in dark weathered bronze.(kunmr-suse.msg.ku.edu/pages/medfountain)

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Paris Jardin du Luxembourg, Fontaine Medicis

  1. 1. Fântâna Medicis Jardin du Luxembourg Paris
  2. 2. Maria de Medicis, văduva regelui Henric al IV-lea, dorind să regăsească ceva din aerul Florenţei sale natale a comandat palatul şi grădinile Luxembourg Din grota de tip italian ridicată în anul 1620 a mai rămas fântâna
  3. 3. Faţada fântânii a fost adăugată în anul 1863
  4. 7. Sculpturile din bronz şi din marmură evocă o scenă din mitologie: c iclopul Polifem o surprinde într-o grotă pe Galateea, de care este îndrăgostit, în braţele păstorului Acis...
  5. 9. Polifem a î ncercat să-l distrugă pe Acis zdrobindu-l cu o stâncă Ca să-l salveze, Galateea, divinitate marină, l-a transformat într-un fluviu
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