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Louis XIV, King of France

François Girardon, French, 1628–1715
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France, Europe
Current Location
On View, Gallery 202
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
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This bronze bust presents Louis XIV (reigned 1643–1715) as a monarch of stately presence and imperial demeanor. The combination of turned head, diagonal sweep of fabric folds, and intricate hairstyle make for an assertive and dynamic likeness. Louis XIV established the court at Versailles outside of Paris in the 1680s, making it a model for the splendor and elegance that defined princely palaces into the following century. François Girardon created several portraits of the king and succeeded in capturing a commanding individual.
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