Louis XIV in allegorical armor

Michel Molart French

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.

Louis XIV in allegorical armor, Michel Molart (French, Dieppe 1641–1713 Dieppe), Bronze, French

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