France: White Picnic of Versailles on Bastille Day - paulsmit
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'Latona fountain during Fountains Night Show, Versailles.'

During the Fountains Night Show (Grands Eaux Nocturnes) every single fountain comes to life in a balanced lighting. The Grand Canal mirrors the sky in the background, while gas flames perform a ballet on baroque music.

Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the fountain shows Latona (sculpted by Gaspard and Bathasar Marsy in 1670), 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 arrangement of the fountain was finished by Jules Hardouin-Mansart in 1689. Photo Paul Smit.