GIRARDON, François
(b. 1628, Troyes, d. 1715, Paris)

Equestrian Statue of Louis XIV

c. 1699
Musée du Louvre, Paris

This is a small-scale version of the statue of Louis XIV for the Place des Conquêtes (Place Vendôme). Hardouin-Mansart and Girardon were together responsible for the Place Vendôme that masterpiece of the genre 'place royale', soon to be imitated throughout Europe. Girardon's statue, which was finished in 1699, inspired, among others, the statue of the Grand Elector in Berlin by Andreas Schlüter.