Versailles Looks at Louis XIV
Published: September 2009
By Andrew Ferren
The Sun King reigns again at Versailles. From October 20 through February 7, 2010, the Château de Versailles
honors its creator with the unprecedented exhibition “Louis XIV: The Man and the King.” Surprisingly, it’s the first show at the palace ever to look at France’s grandest monarch through the art he commissioned and collected. It reunites 300 works, including portraits, sculptures, armor and jewelry he wore, and furniture and bibelots that adorned his private apartments. Many have not been seen since their dispersal after the Revolution, making the show a bit of a homecoming for the king himself—and his fabulous treasures.