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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“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)