The Art of the Sun King Reigns in Versailles

Louis XIV, Sun King, Palace of Versailles

PARIS - Objets d’art, sculptures, paintings and furniture celebrating the reign of the "Sun King," Louis XIV, are now on view at the Palace of Versailles. Louis XIV: The Man and the King is the result of over two years of curating more than 300 exceptional works that, until now, have never been exhibited together.

Louis XIV's reign lasted longer than any other European Monarch - over 72 years, from 1643 to his death in 1715. He was nicknamed the "Sun King" after the Greek god Apollo, and as the planets revolve around the sun, so did the French government revolve around King Louis. With a taste for opulence, Louis XIV was able to construct his public persona as a powerful, iconographic monarch through his patronage of the arts.
Louis XIV: The Man and the King (Oct. 20, 2009 - Feb. 7, 2010)
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