Hearst Castle Closed Due To Emergency Road Repairs

Due to significant storms that caused damage to the roadway leading up to the Historic Monument, Hearst Castle is temporarily closed. California State Parks is dedicated to making sure that all measures are taken to ensure visitor safety. We have activated an emergency contract process to expedite the necessary road repairs. The work is expected to take 6 to 9 months. Once completed, Hearst Castle will welcome back visitors. To learn more, please visit our News/Projects page.

Hearst Castle tours and the Visitor Center is currently closed. When we reopen, advanced reservations will be required to visit Hearst Castle and/or the Visitor Center

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Now attributed to Simon Vouet (1590-1649), this painting and its companion (Diana and Endymion) were purchased by William Randolph Hearst at auction in 1921 as works of art by Jean-Baptiste van Loo ( 1684-1745), whose name appears on the label on their frames. Neptune, god of the sea and creator of the horse according to classical mythology, is shown here in his chariot, turning back to look toward a woman who might be his wife, Amphitrite, a sea-nymph.    These paintings might have been commissioned in 1630-1631 by Antoine Ruzé d’Effiat, a high-ranking French aristocrat, for the château de Chilly.  He commissioned 23 paintings from Vouet for the long gallery in the château.  Among them, according to the traveller Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville (1768), was a painting of Neptune and Amphitrite – and a painting of Diana and Endymion.  They might be the very same pictures installed together in the ceiling of the South Upper Duplex in Hearst Castle.  The château de Chilly was sold in 1804 and progressively dismantled.  No definite documentation about the destiny of the 23 paintings that had been there has emerged