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Two busts of military figures apreciating Art in Versailles. This happened exactely one year and one month ago but I believe they are still there ;-)

This is a detail captured in the impressive room 'The Hall of Battles', one of many that can be visited in the Palace of Versailles.

There are 33 paintings depicting battles in which the French armies distinguished themselves (from Tolbiac in 496 to Wagram in 1809). This is a detail of one of those paintings. There are also 82 busts of military figures. Here, we can see two of them observing the painting. Who knows, they can even be looking at themselves in action ;-)

The Hall of Battles was opened in 1837 by King Louis-Philippe on the site of the former princes' apartments on the first floor of the South Wing. The Hall, 120m long and 13 metres wide, is based on the 'Grande Galerie' of the Louvre and portrays France's military triumphs. Besides the 33 paintings and 82 busts there also 16 bronze plaques in honour of the heroes who died for France.

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