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A FRENCH/ITALIAN OVER-LIFE-SIZE MARBLE BUST OF LOUIS XIV
A FRENCH/ITALIAN OVER-LIFE-SIZE MARBLE BUST OF LOUIS XIV
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A FRENCH/ITALIAN OVER-LIFE-SIZE MARBLE BUST OF LOUIS XIV

AFTER THE MODEL BY LORENZO BERNINI, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH/ITALIAN OVER-LIFE-SIZE MARBLE BUST OF LOUIS XIV AFTER THE MODEL BY LORENZO BERNINI, LATE 19TH CENTURY On a square tapering Marseilles Pink marble pedestal The bust: 41 in. (104 cm.) high The pedestal: 52¾ in. (134 cm.) high; 15½ in. (39.5 cm.) wide; 13½ in. (34 cm.) deep, at top (2)

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The sole relic of his visit to France in 1665, and conserved in the Salon de Diane at Versailles, Bernini's celebrated bust of Louis XIV, in which the Sun King gazes out with godlike authority, set the standard for royal portraits that was to last for the following century. Completed in forty days, a heroic note was set by the work, no longer a truncated half-bust with funerary allusions, but vigorously alive and imperious. The cloak is swept up, as if by a gust of wind, and the king turns with resolute composure in the direction from where it blows, as if calmly facing a challenge.

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