(b. 1640, Lyon, d. 1720, Paris)

Louis XIV

c. 1686
Bronze, height 89 cm
Wallace Collection, London

The facial features of Louis XIV had become familiar, due to countless painted and sculpted portraits showing him in flattering garments, or wearing laurels like Caesar, or as a melancholy hero, or as an invincible Hercules. The bronze bust of Louis XIV by Coysevox shows a grave, attentive, almost weary king, if somewhat enlivened by his apparel.