'Frogs at the Latona fountain, Palace Gardens, Versailles.'
During the Fountains Night Show (Grands Eaux Nocturnes) every single fountain comes to life in a balanced lighting. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Latona Fountain tells the story of Latona, mother of Apollo and Diana, protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia and calling on Jupiter to avenge them. He heard her plea and transformed them into frogs and lizards. The initial sculptures were made by Gaspard and Bathasar Marsy in 1670. The arrangement of the fountain was changed and finished by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1689. Photo Paul Smit.