Framing the staircase of the Wallace Collection is a display of Francois Boucher’s Paintings.
Here, visitors shall meet The Setting of the Sun (1752) and The Rising of the Sun (1753)both of which once graced the walls of Louis XV’s mistress the eternally refined Madame de Pompadour.
I have always had a quiet curiousity about Apollo as the bringer of the sun. Ovid depicted scenes of his mighty task in his poetry and Boucher made them ever more vivid in his paintings.
The Rising of the Sun.
Apollo rises from Oceanus to drive his flaming chariot across the heavens bringing light and warmth to the world. Here we see him preparing for his daily epic whilst Aurora, goddess of the dawn scatters her blossoms to mark his way.
The Setting of the Sun.
Winged infants draw the dark night clouds across the skies as Apollo retires into Tethys’ arms.
How wonderfilled were the imaginations of old. Allegories of a most gorgeous order.