Mercury - Versailles, France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 48° 48.292 E 002° 06.987
31U E 435123 N 5406140
Quick Description: Mercury is the Roman God of Trade and also served as the Messenger of the Gods.
Location: Île-de-France, France
Date Posted: 10/31/2011 7:59:53 AM
Waymark Code: WMCZXH
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
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Long Description:
This 1685 marble sculpture is entitled "Mercure Farnese". The "Farnese" of the title suggests that the piece was once in the Farnese family collection in Rome. Mercury, the god of merchants and merhcandise, was also known for his speed- thus, he was also the messenger of the other Gods...and the 1st planet in our solar system is named after him. The element mercury is also named after him due to its volatile nature.

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This statue depicts Mercury undressed and casually leaned against a post with a cloth flowing conveniently over his private parts. He carries his trademark Caduceus in his right hand...and perhaps it's sheath in his left. He also wears a winged helmet.
The artist is Barthelemy de Melo.
Associated Religion(s): Roman

Statue Location: in the Garden of the Versailles Palace.

Entrance Fee: 0

Artist: Barthelemy de Melo

Website: [Web Link]

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