Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Louis XIV as Apollo in "Le Ballet de la nuit." Painting by Henri Gissey 1653 via Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Detail, Testelin. Note the ribbons at his breeches, shirt, cravat and on his right shoulder.

Detail, Testelin. Note the ribbons at his breeches, shirt, cravat and on his right shoulder.

Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death.[1] His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.[2]

The Age of Exuberance: Baroque Era Design

Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1643 until his death.[1] His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of monarchs of major countries in European history.[2]

rococo, madame de pompadour

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Pierre Mignard, French Baroque Painter : Louis XIV in coronation robes,

Pierre Mignard, French Baroque Painter : Louis XIV in coronation robes,

Louis-xiv-lebrunl - 1650–1700 in Western European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louis-xiv-lebrunl - 1650–1700 in Western European fashion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Louis XIV and his brother, le Duc d'Orleans A stark contrast; breeched and unbreeched.

Louis XIV and his brother, le Duc d'Orleans A stark contrast; breeched and unbreeched.

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