Mollier/Benserade, Ballet Royal de la Nuit, 1653: 4. part-Louis XIV als Apollo…

Top 10 Amazing Facts about the Extraordinary King Louis XIV

King Louis XIV of France in Lully's "Ballet de la Nuit" hail the "Sun King"!

In this picture the man is wearing a lace jabot, which are the ruffles on the front of his shirt. the jabot is usually attached to the kneckband and falls down the front of the shirt.

The Baroque Period in all its Grandiloquence

Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death.[1] His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.[2]

The Age of Exuberance: Baroque Era Design

Louis XIV : King Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, lived a lavish lifestyle and built the palace of Versailles. His reign, which lasted from 1643 until his death in redefined royal opulence and the power of the absolute monarch.

Gianlorenzo Bernini, Bust of Louis XIV, 1665, Château de Versailles, Salon of Diana

signorcasaubon: “ Gianlorenzo Bernini - Bust of Louis XIV; 1665 The story goes that Bernini initially made sketches and small, clay models of Louis XIV as a “base” to work with;

17th Century France

17th Century France

THE SUN AND ITS RAYS - LOUIS XIV AND HIS MISTRESSES.  Many women of the upper echelons became mistresses for almost any reason other than financial benefit. Often they were married, socially well-placed and with a certain degree of independance. Once started, tact and iscretion were essential to the smooth running of the affair, especially in retaining a domestif status quo. And no one would deny that intrigue added glamour - and the thrill of danger - to the liaison.

THE SUN AND ITS RAYS - LOUIS XIV AND HIS MISTRESSES. Many women of the upper echelons became mistresses for almost any reason other than financial benefit. Often they were married, socially well-placed and with a certain degree of independance. Once started, tact and iscretion were essential to the smooth running of the affair, especially in retaining a domestif status quo. And no one would deny that intrigue added glamour - and the thrill of danger - to the liaison.

Louis XIV (1638-1715; reigned 1643-1715) “The Grand Monarch” detested the mobs of Paris and Paris itself. He moved his capital to Versailles in the 1680s. He sponsored economic reconstruction, but his wars across Europe eventually brought France to near ruin. He did little to quell the unrest that was building among the people. Louis married a Spanish princess, Marie Thérèse, in 1660. Known as the “Sun King” because he was the center of the social and political life of the French state.

Louis XIV (robes of state) aka. Louis XIV of France by George Stuart

(detail of Louis XIV) at the Académie de Sciences, 1666 in the large group portrait painting by Testelin.

64 (detail of Louis XIV) at the Académie de Sciences, 1666 in the large group portrait painting by Testelin.

Philippe Vignon 1638-1701 - the two surviving daughters of Madame de Montespan and Louis XIV - the blonde, Francoise-Marie de Bourbon, Duchesse d'Orléans, 2nde Mademoiselle de Blois (1677-1749)  and Louise-Francoise de Bourbon, Mademoiselle de Nantes, Duchesse de Bourbon (1673-1743)

Daughters of Louis XIV and Mme. de Montespan: Louise Francoise, Princesse de Conde (the elder of the on the right, Francoise Marie, Duchesse d'Orleans on the left. Reinette: Illegitimate Offspring of Royalty

Late 17thC early 18thC shoes of Louis XIV - not surprising they are over-ornamented!

SHOES THROUGH THE CENTURIES

Shoes of Louis XIV September 1638 – 1 September known as Louis the Great or the Sun King)

Louis XIV

Anniversaire. Louis XIV, souverain européen

Thesis Louis XIV fostered the myth of himself as the Sun King, the light source for all of his people. The key to his power was his control over the central policy- making machinery of government.

Anne of Austria, Queen of France, Mother of King Louis XIV (1622-1625) Peter Paul Rubens...dress detail

Peter Paul Rubens - Anne of Austria, Queen of France, Mother of King Louis XIV (detail)

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