John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)
“A Sick Child brought into the Temple of Aesculapius (1877)
Oil on canvas
Currently in a private collection
Aesculapius was the god of medicine in ancient Greek religion and mythology. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts; his daughters are Hygieia ("Hygiene”, the goddess/personification of health, cleanliness, and sanitation), Iaso (the goddess of recuperation from illness), Aceso (the goddess of the healing process), Aglæa/Ægle (the goddess of beauty, splendor, glory, magnificence, and adornment), and Panacea (the goddess of universal remedy). He was one of Apollo’s sons, sharing with Apollo the epithet Paean (“the Healer”). The rod of Asclepius, a snake-entwined staff, remains a symbol of medicine today.
French Queen Marie-Antoinette “en grand habit de cour” by Jean-Baptiste Gautier Dagoty, 1775. Versailles. These are a few variants of the same painting in tapestry, cameo, engraving and miniature painting and details. A favorite of Harriett Pullman Carolan.
Post 2 of 3: From my May trip to Versailles: the Hercules Salon. This drawing room is the largest in the palace and originally was the site of the fourth royal chapel (1682-1710) under Louis XIV. In 1712, the King ordered his chief architect, Robert de Cotte (brother in law and successor to Jules Hardouin-Mansart) to create a proper setting for the enormous masterpiece “Repast at Simon’s Abode” by Veronese. It was gifted to Louis XIV in 1664 by the Republic of Venice. The room’s construction was interrupted with the death of Louis XIV in 1715 and restarted shortly after the return of Louis XV in 1722. On the ceiling is the greatest work of the genius François Lemoyne titled “Apotheosis of Hercules” completed in 1736. I tried to capture some of the details of Robert de Cotte’s exquisite Rococo decoration while cropping out the hundreds of tourists that fill the room, hence more ceiling than floors, lol. I also added a few floor plans and exterior photos to help show its location on the Royal Floor between the North Wing and Ange-Jacques Gabriel’s Royal Chapel and the enfilade of the State Apartment.