Former Fontaine du Regard (Medicis Fountain). Leda and the swan
Atget - 1910
This fountain, now in the Luxembourg Gardens, was originally installed at the corner of Rue du Regard and Rue Vaugirard. When the rue de Rennes was created, the fountain had to be dismantled and was reassembled at the back
of the famous Medicis Fountain. Today, the fountain has dried up, and water no longer flows from the beak of the swan, representing Zeus who changed into this animal to better seduce Leda.
Beside a dry gutter the bird
opened his beak,
Restlessly bathed his wings in the dust
And cried, homesick for his fair native lake:
"Rain, when will you fall? Thunder, when will you roll?"
The Swan – Flowers of Evil - Baudelaire