Photographer's Note

This my 6th and final picture of my series the Louvre glass pyramid taken in the same evening from different perpectives and/or in different lighting.

The equestrian statue is depicting the Sun King, Louis XIV (1638-1715). The sculptor was Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680). Bernini was an Italian painter, composer, architect, caricaturist and designer of metalwork and stage sets and caricaturist but first and foremost a sculptor. He worked principally in Rome.

King Louis XIV commissioned Bernini to sculpt this statue in 1665. The stature was carved by Bernini’s students from a single block of Carrara marble.The statute was not sent to the King in Versailles until 1665. Bernini was then dead since five years back.

King Louis XIV immediately disliked the statue and ordered it to be broken into pieces. But then he changed his mind and placed it at a far end of the garden. The statue slowly deteriorated there until 1980. The architect of the Grand Louvre renovation project in the 1980s, I.M. Pei, persuaded the officials at Versailles to make a copy of this statue which he placed in front of his glass pyramid in the Louvre Court yard. Two other copies were also made, one for the Versailles garden one for for the Splendors of Versailles exhibition in Jackson, Mississippi. The original was very fragile and was stored in the Royal Stables.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: ulf eriksson (UlfE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-05-21
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Camera: Sony DSC-V3
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1 seconds
  • Details: Tripod: Yes
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-01-05 9:24
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