Louis XIV, Jean Warin
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Louis XIV, Jean Warin
To thank the king for his numerous commissions, sculptor and coin and medal engraver Jean Warin (1607-1672) bequeathed the full-length marble statue of the sovereign that he had made in around 1665-70. Until 1687 the work was placed in the niche in the Venus Room, before being replaced by the Cincinnatus, acquired from the Savelli collection in Rome in 1685 and considered to be one of the finest antique statues in the royal collections (Paris, Musée du Louvre). The sculptor, originally from Wallonia, depicted the king, at the age of about 30, as a Roman emperor, clothed in a corselet and a cloak covering his shoulders. The iconography is martial: the staff of authority on which the king is leaning is resting on the back of a cuirass, while the monarch’s left hand is resting on his helmet which in turn rests on a shield. This statue, one of the rare full-length effigies of Louis XIV to have been conserved, portrays the sovereign as an heir to the grandeur of ancient Rome.
Nov 5, 2018
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