Chariot of Apollo

Primary Creator
Sculptor Jean Baptiste (1630-1700) Tuby
Contributor(s)
Properties
Era1600s
Height100 inches
Length250 inches
StyleBaroque
Width250 inches
Name of WorkChariot of Apollo
Production Date1668-1670
Production LocationVersailles, France
Current LocationVersailles, France
Media Typesgilded, in shallow pool, lead, with fountainworks
General Notes

aka Fountain of Apollo aka Apollo in his Chariot in the Bassin D'Apollon

Description

Apollo in a Chariot drawn by group of horses, with ancillary characters of heralds blowing horns (Presumably heralding the arrival of Apollo) and something looking like porpoises cavorting in the water.  The group is positioned to appear to be arising out of the water (they are about half way out) and this gives it an enormous power of action -- of thundering from the depths to the sky.

Theme

Elegant, physical power.  The fantasy ability to fly through water and air with grace and ease.

Emotional Sum or Sense-of-life

The world has thrilling powerful men of action.  There are no limits to what can be achieved.

Context Information

The sculpture is in the Bassin du Char d'Apollon by Francois de Francine, who was the designer of many of the pools and fountains of Versailles.

Tags

fountain

Scale

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