Bust of Louis XIV, king of France and Navarre, detail

Gian Lorenzo Bernini1665

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles
Versailles, France

It only took five months for sculptor Bernini to create the bust of Louis XIV during his stay in Paris in 1665. The Italian artist had the opportunity to meet the King no fewer than five times to complete the sketches of his model. Subsequently, twelve sitting sessions were required to create the bust itself. Although this portrait is quite realistic, we can observe the little wart at the base of the nose, the King is largely idealized.

Full title : Bust of Louis XIV, king of France and Navarre (1638-1715), detail


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