Anne of Austria. Maria Teresa, Infanta of Spain. Marquise de Maintenon. The Official Mistresses. Louise de la Vallière. Marquise de Montespan. Hall of Mirrors. Versailles. The Coronation.
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Marquise de Maintenon
Louise de la Vallière
Marquise de Montespan
Hall of Mirrors
“Our coronation does not make us kings, but it displays our royalty to the people and makes it more august in us.”
-- Louis XIV
The king's great qualities shone more brilliantly by reason of an exterior so unique and incomparable as to lend infinite distinction to his slightest actions; the very figure of a hero, so impregnated with a natural but most imposing majesty that it appeared even in his most insignificant gestures and movements, without arrogance but with simple gravity; proportions such as a sculptor would choose to model; a perfect countenance and the grandest air and mien ever vouchsafed to man.
-- Duc de Saint Simon
Louis IV as Apollo (Sun God)
Equestrian statue of Louis IV (classical style)