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Producing a copy of two sculpture groups

Currently presented in the sculpture gallery of the Royal Stables, the sculpture groups Laocoön and His Sons and Paetus and Arria are awaiting sponsors so that they can be copied and the masterpieces can be returned to the gardens of Versailles

See the sculpture groups

See the sculpture groups

MASTERPIECES OF THE VERSAILLES GARDENS


When the Sun King decided to establish his court and government at Versailles in 1682, he expressly ordered the most prestigious ancient sculptures in order to create a vision of an ancient world reconstituted for his own glory. These included Paetus and Arria and Laocoön and His Sons, which were displayed for over a century at the entrance to the Royal Walk.

PAETUS AND ARRIA. Created by sculptor François Lespingola, Paetus and Arria was based on an ancient group from the Roman collection of the Ludovisi princes, now conserved in large part at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome.
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LAOCOÖN AND HIS SONS. A work by Jean-Baptiste Tuby, this group was based on a masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture from the first century BC, currently conserved in the Belvedere Courtyard at the Vatican.

Taking casts to
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Much-needed shelter

 

Paetus and Arria has been restored thanks to sponsorship from private donors via the Société des Amis de Versailles and Laocoön and His Sons through corporate sponsorship. Over three centuries after they were put on display in the Gardens, they have been removed to the shelter of the sculpture gallery in the Royal Stables to protect them from the ravages of the weather.

An identical copy of each statue will be produced by moulding in powdered Carrara marble. The reproduction of Paetus and Arria will be installed on the half-moon of the Latona basin, and Laocoön and His Sons will be placed in the Trianon gardens.





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The adoption of a sculpture group amounts to 100 000€ for producing the mould and installing the sculpture group.

Minimum participation in this operation: 10 000€
Finance the realisation of a mould in its entirety or become an ambassador of Versailles by joining forces with other sponsors or by bringing together a group of friends.

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