This edition of Sculpture Saturday sticks with the subject of last week’s post, Louis XIV. The equestrian statue of Louis XIV in Versailles was designed by Pierre Cartellier. This statue was commissioned in 1816 for the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
Both sculptures are currently located found at Palace de Versailles outside Paris, France.
At the time of Cartellier’s death of in 1831, only the horse had been completed. His son-in-law, Louis Petitot, created the rider. The proportions of the horse and the king are slightly different. The Sun King is definitely a larger-than-life figure in this work.
The statue was erected in the courtyard of the Palace of Versailles in 1837. It was dismantled in 2006 in connection with the reconstruction of the palace and gardens. In 2009, the statue was relocated to the site on the Place d’Armes where I took this photo in 2017.