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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.

BERNINI Gian Lorenzo - Italian (Naples Rome) - The Bust of Louis XIV - 1665 during Berninis visit to Paris. It has been called the “grandest piece of portraiture of the baroque age”.

Bust of Marie-Antoinette -  Boizot, Louis-Simon. France, Sevres. 1774-1782. Hermitage Museum

Bust of Marie-Antoinette -- -- Louis-Simon Boizot -- France, Sevres -- Hermitage Museum -- St.

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The “horse ballet” was a great pastime at the court of Louis XIV. All the nobles participated. Allegorical themes were most often used. The king always appeared dressed as the sun, furthering his image as the center of the French universe.

Allégorie de Louis XIV en Apollon dans le char du Soleil précédé par l’Aurore et accompagné par les Heures, par Joseph Werner, vers 1662-1667

Joseph Werner Poster Print Wall Art Print entitled Triumph of King Louis XIV of France driving the Chariot of the Sun, None

BERNINI Gian Lorenzo - Italian (Naples 1598-1680 Rome) - bust of Louis XIV

Gian Lorenzo Bernini Bust of Louis XIV, , Musee National de Versailles, Versailles. Read more about the symbolism and interpretation of Bust of Louis XIV by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Salvator mundi, the face of Christ.  The last work of Bernini, detail

Salvator mundi, the face of Christ. The last work of Bernini, detail