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Louis XIV

King Louis XIV

Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1638 - Versailles 1715
King of France, 1643-1715
(Wikipedia)
Nicolas & Guillaume Coustou & François-Frédéric Lemot
Fonderie du Roule (Paris)
1825 (1720)

Lyon /  Louis XIV   Lyon /  Louis XIV

Description

Equestrian statue of Louis XIV as Roman emperor riding the horse 'à la romaine' (without saddle or stirrups – an urban legend wants that Lemot committed suicide after finding out that he had forgotten the stirrups).

The equestrian statue is sculpted by François-Frédéric Lemot and dates from 1825. It replaces a 1713 statue by Martin Desjardins, destroyed during the French revolution in 1792. The pedestal is flanked by fluvial allegories installed in 1721: The Rhône by Guillaume Coustou to the right of the king (facing the river Rhône), and the Saône by Nicolas Coustou to the left of the king (facing the Saône).

Lyon - Louis XIV
Rhône
Lyon - Louis XIV
Saône

Copies of these two river allegories are found at the Pont Lafayette in Lyon.

Inscription(s)

LOUIS XIV
roi de france
1638   1715

CHEF D'OEVVRE
de
LEMOT
scvlptevr lyonnois

Signature

(Rhône) fait et fondv par gvill.me covstov lionnois 1719

Lyon - Louis XIV

Lyon - Louis XIV

Sculptors

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Country: France
  • Coustou, Nicolas & Guillaume
  • Equestrian statue
  • Lemot, François-Frédéric
  • Louis XIV (King of France)
  • Monarch
  • Rhône (personification)
  • Roule (Paris), Fonderie du
  • Saône (personification)
  • Location (N 45°45'28" - E 4°49'55")

    Item Code: frra035; Photograph: 10 August 2018
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