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Louis XIV, King of France

Artist
François Girardon, French, 1628–1715
Date
1690s
Material
Bronze
Made in
France, Europe
Classification
Sculpture
Current Location
On View, Gallery 202
Dimensions
21 1/2 x 22 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. (54.6 x 56.8 x 25.1 cm)
with ebony base: 27 7/8 x 22 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. (70.8 x 56.8 x 25.1 cm)
Credit Line
Funds given by Mr. and Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy, Friends Fund, the Edwin and Betty Greenfield Grossman Endowment, Mr. Christian B. Peper, Lisa and Allan Silverberg; and Museum Purchase, gift of Mrs. Mahlon Wallace and Leicester B. Faust, Mr. Horace Morison, Mrs. Mark C. Steinberg, Mr. Sydney Shoenberg Sr., an anonymous donor, Mr. J. Boyd Hill in memory of his wife, Barbara Johnson Hill, and Friends Fund, by exchange
Rights
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Object Number
1118:2010
NOTES
This bronze bust presents Louis XIV (reigned 1643–1715), a monarch of stately presence and imperial demeanor. The combination of turned head, diagonal sweep of fabric folds, and intricate aura of hair make for an assertive and dynamic likeness. Louis XIV established the court at Versailles in the 1680s, making it a model for the splendor and elegance that defined princely palaces into the following century. Girardon created several portraits of the king and succeeded in capturing a commanding individual.
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