'Latona fountain, Palace Gardens, Versailles.'
Soap bubbles, the Latona Fountain shining in backlight, baroque music and a sunset in line with the Grand Canal - the Fountains Night Show (Grands Eaux Nocturnes) couldn't have a more fairy tale start.
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.