Louis XIV 1638-1715
The Sun King. Absolutely.
Louis XIV was also called
Louis the Great or
The Sun King.
He became the image of the classic monarch with
supreme powers, the personification of
Detail from the
portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud, who
created this artwork in 1701.
Museo Nacional del
Louis ruled France for 72 years under his slogan
L'État C'est Moi
(I Am the State)
Possessing a love for all things refined, he stood
in stark contrast to the rustic and sturdy medieval rulers.
Louis brought Versailles to its glorious days. He survived
devastating personal calamities with dignity. Louis had numerous