Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV (Bernini)

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Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV
Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV by Bernini.JPG
Artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Year 1665-84 (1665-84)
Catalogue 74
Type Sculpture
Medium Marble
Subject Louis XIV of France
Location Palace of Versailles, Versailles
Coordinates Coordinates: 48°48′15.8″N 2°7′23.3″E / 48.804389°N 2.123139°E / 48.804389; 2.123139

The Equestrian Statue of King Louis XIV is a late sculpture designed and partially executed by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Bernini first discussed the project while in France in the mid-1660s, but it did not start until later in the decade, when back in Rome, it was not completed until 1684, and then shipped to Paris in 1685. Louis XIV of France was extremely unhappy with the end result and had it placed in a corner of the gardens of the royal palace at Versailles. Eventually, the sculpture was modified by François Girardon and altered into an equestrian sculpture of the ancient Roman hero Marcus Curtius [1] A print of the sculpture, mistakenly identified as being by Bernini's father Pietro, exists in the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. [2]


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