COUSTOU, Guillaume I
(b. 1677, Lyon, d. 1746, Paris)

Louis XIII

c. 1708
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Louis XIV, in his advanced years, had decided to erect a monument to his father, Louis XIII. It required a specific setting in the chancel of Notre-Dame in Paris, and it was Robert de Cotte who was assigned the task in 1708. The large ensemble of marble was set at the entrance, with two royal statues designed to appeal to emotions - Louis XIV was sculpted by Coysevox, while Louis XIII was handled with more sensitivity by Guillaume Coustou I.