Louis XV is represented at the age of forty-seven. The king is shown wearing a suit of armor, a mantle thrown over his left shoulder, with the plaque and the ribbon of the Holy Spirit and the cordon of the Golden Fleece. An air of majesty is conveyed by his looks, and the position of his torso is emphasized by the sweeping line of the drapery. The bust was exhibited at the Salon of 1757 and delivered the same year to Madame de Pompadour at the château de Champs.
Signature: Signed and dated (on back): PAR/J. B. LEMOYNE/1757
probably commissioned by Mme de Pompadour , exhibited in Paris at the Salon of 1757 (1757–d. 1764) ; [ her Sale , 1764, to the king ] ; Louis XV, King of France (1764, presented to Laverdy) ; Charles-François de Laverdy (1764–d. 1793) ; by descent to the Marquis de la Briffe ; George and Florence Blumenthal , New York (until her death in 1930) ; George Blumenthal (1930–d. 1941; to MMA)
Artist: Attributed to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger (French, Paris 1704–1778 Paris) Date: 18th centuryMedium: White plaster tinted to imitate terracotta; base: imitation marbleAccession: 46.123.1On view in:Not on view
Artist: Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne the Younger (French, Paris 1704–1778 Paris) Date: ca. 1745–50Medium: Bust: pale gray terracotta, covered with a buff colored wash; socle: breccia violetta marbleAccession: 1975.312.4On view in:Gallery 552