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Evening (or Morpheus)
The Louvre’s Gallery of Apollo is entirely dedicated to the Sun, the star chosen by Louis XIV as a symbol for his reign. The four elements, the planets and the signs of the zodiac are also part of the artistic journey of the vault. Charles Le Brun, King Louis XIV’s first painter, who was in charge of the gallery’s decorative programme, personally painted three pieces, including the “Night (or Diana)” and the “Evening (or Morpheus)” – both painted between 1664 and 1677. Morpheus, the god of dreams, is gifted with wings that allow him to silently fly.
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