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Justice Punishing

Noël CoypelAround 1681

Palace of Versailles
Palace of Versailles

The figures here are spectators of the episode told by Ovid: “Justice punishing”. It depicts the sanction imposed by Jupiter on the Titans who tried to conquer the divine kingdom by piling up blocks of stone. This scene is one of a pair with “Justice Rewarding” which complements it. The two white squares are two pieces of Japan paper being used to locally maintain the pictorial layer that is peeling back, until it can be restored.

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  • Title: Justice Punishing
  • Creator: Noël Coypel
  • Date Created: Around 1681
  • Physical Dimensions: w2500 x h1500 mm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on plaster
  • Style: French painting, 17th century
  • Provenance: Painted as part of the decor of the Grands Appartements of Louis XIV (1671-1680)
  • Original Title: La Justice punissant

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