Louis XIV Versailles French | Agrell Architectural Carving
Doublet and petticoat-breeches, mid 17th Century (?)
The Princess Palatine Elizabeth Charlotte (1652-1722) was a German princess and, as Madame, the wife of Philippe I, Duke of Orléans, younger brother of Louis XIV of France, and mother of France's ruler during the Regency.
Mme. Françoise Athénaïs Montespan (1641-1707) was the mistress of Louis XIV. She was maid of honor to Queen Marie Thérèse, his Queen. She bore the king several children. Their education was entrusted to Mme. de Maintenon, who succeeded her in the king’s favor. Montespan was a demon in the advancement of her bastards by Louis, all of whom were given titles and great wealth. It took years to get rid of her.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Louis XIV, 1665 Marble (Chateau de Versailles). In April 1665 Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) succumbed to the ongoing entreaties of Louis XIV and went to Paris to work on designs for the east facade of the Louvre, then the royal residence. Everywhere along his route people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the famous artist, then in his 67th year.
Louis XIV at the Académie de Sciences, 1666. Detail, Testelin. Note the ribbons at his breeches, shirt, cravat and on his right shoulder. French
Louis XIV STYLE late 1600's COSTUME DESCRIPTION: Jerkin pale yellow silk, lace applications gold and glitter. Bloomers with pale yellow silk covered with gold mesh. Canons lace. Rhingrave pale yellow silk. Gold ribbons, white, yellow. Braid and gold sequins. WORK: Precious ridiculous (The) COMPOSER / AUTHOR after Molière DIRECTOR: Jean-Luc Boutté DATE OF PRODUCTION: 1993-02-06 PLACE OF PRODUCTION: French comedy, Paris (Salle Richelieu)
Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is one of the longest in French and European history. He is known for his patronage to the arts, building the palace of Versaille, his ego and extravagance.