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

Top 10 Amazing Facts about the Extraordinary King Louis XIV

Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via…

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.

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" Hyacinthe Rigaud Oil on canvas × 194 cm).

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

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”.

Image:: Louis XIV in coronation robes, by Pierre Mignard ||

Pierre Mignard, French Baroque Painter : Louis XIV in coronation robes,

(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.

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. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.

Four hundred years ago in Century France, red was a color of power, long associated with palaces and the excess of Versailles. Louis XIV, who was apparently very proud of his manly pins, donned many a silk red stocking and scarlet heels too

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.

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