10 January 2010

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild - the Marble Lady

Everywhere, inside and out, you'll find beauty. Here, near the entrance, a lady bathes in a small pond.

It took five years of major work to construct this 'Palace,' evoking the great Italian Renaissance residences. Several architects were approached, including Auburtin who was in favour with Béatrice Ephrussi. This 'Prix de Rome' winner was replaced on the coastal project by Aaron Messiah. Béatrice sometimes had huge models constructed to be certain of the end result.


Chuck Pefley said...

Lovely, but I'll bet she's cold right now.

Kate said...

I always enjoy looking at these statues of lovely nudes in or near water.

Leif Hagen said...

They don't let us bathe nude in the ponds here in Eagan! Maybe at night in the dark?

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