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Louis XIV in Allegorical Armor

Artist:
Michel Molart (French, Dieppe 1641–1713 Dieppe)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
French
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
4 x 2 5/8 in. (10.2 x 6.7 cm.)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Gift of Ogden Mills, 1925
Accession Number:
25.142.61
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 532
Designed in 1672, this bronze relief shows Louis XIV wearing a fanciful helmet crowned with the chariot of Apollo, the sun god to whom the king likened himself. The chariot drags a chained prisoner, symbolic of the German towns captured by Louis XIV's armies during the first of his victorious campaigns against the Dutch. The helmet and the armor are embossed with a wealth of allegorical details.
Inscription: At bottom: R[ex] L[udovicus] M[agnus] (King Louis the Great)
Ogden Mills (until 1925; to MMA)
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