Photo, Print, Drawing Portraits of Louis the Great at Various Ages. Portraits de Louis le Grand suivant ses âges

About this Item

Title

  • Portraits of Louis the Great at Various Ages.

Other Title

  • Portraits de Louis le Grand suivant ses âges

Summary

  • Shown here is a bronze engraving on which ten medallions are attached, each of which contains, behind a glass plate, a portrait of Louis XIV (the Sun King) at a different stage of his life. The portraits are painted in grey tones on paper glued onto metal, and they depict the king at five, ten, 16, 22, 28, 34, 40, 46, 54 and 59 years of age. The frame is crowned by the sun above a globe adorned with three lily flowers surrounded by the zodiac, with the inscription micat inter omnes (he shines among all). The background of the frame is a horn plate dyed on the back in cobalt blue, split in many places. The miniatures were painted in 1704 by Antoine Benoist (1632-1717), painter and wax sculptor of the king. This panel and its matching counterpart were sent to the Cabinet des Médailles on January 18, 1797 (29 Nivôse, Year V of the Republican calendar used in the period of the French Revolution) by Villette, chief executive of the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne, the furniture and art depository of the crown.

Contributor Names

  • Benoist, Antoine, 1632-1717 Artist.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [1690 to 1704]

Subject Headings

  • -  France
  • -  1638 to 1690
  • -  Devices (Heraldry)
  • -  Kings and rulers
  • -  Louis XIV, King of France, 1638-1715
  • -  Portraits
  • -  Zodiac

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Horn, gilded metal, bronze, glass and paper ; 68.5 x 39 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: National Library of France.
  • -  Content in French.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021670757

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Benoist, Antoine, Artist. Portraits of Louis the Great at Various Ages. France, 1690. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1704] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670757/.

APA citation style:

Benoist, A. (1690) Portraits of Louis the Great at Various Ages. France, 1690. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1704] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021670757/.

MLA citation style:

Benoist, Antoine, Artist. Portraits of Louis the Great at Various Ages. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, to 1704] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021670757/>.