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Vive le Roi: Celebrating Louis XIV

The longest reigning monarch of any major country in European history, from 1643 to 1715, Louis XIV left an indelible mark on the political and artistic development of France. Here we take a look at the Sun King's lasting stylistic influences, which carry over to Sotheby's autumn’s offerings in New York and Paris. Perhaps most fitting for a man whose last words were “Je m'en vais, mais l'État demeurera toujours.” (“I depart, but the State shall always remain.”)

Portrait of Louis XIV, after Hyacinthe Rigaud, Gift of J. Paul Getty. 
Digital image courtesy the Getty's Open Content Program.