This week Sculpture Saturday features Jean Varin’s statue of Louis XIV that stands in the Salon de Vénus at the Château de Versailles, France.
Louis XIV (Louis Dieudonné September 5, 1638 – September 1, 1715), also known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi Soleil), was King of France from May 14, 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history.
Jean Varin (February 6, 1604 – August 26, 1672 ) was a French sculptor and engraver who made important innovations in the process of minting coins. In 1647, Cardinal Richelieu appointed Varin head of the French mint.
The Sun King’s record of being the longest serving European monarch may soon be broken by Queen Elizabeth II, who became Queen of England on February 6, 1952 and was coronated on June 2, 1953.