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DESJARDINS, Martin


Breda, Netherlands 1637 - Paris 1694


Louis XIV

Louis XIV

model c. 1683-1699, cast c. 1699

bronze

equestrian statue(tte)

Dimensions (HxWxD): with base: 56,6 x 21,9 x 40 cm (22 516 x 8 58 x 15 34 in.) accessory size: 11,7 x 19,3 x 39,3 cm (4 58 x 7 58 x 15 12 in.) weight (sculpture): 33.000 lb weight (support): 10.000 lb

Acc. No.: 1971.5.2

Credit Line: Andrew W. Mellon Fund

Photo credit: Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

© Artist:


Provenance

  • Geneva, Utheman collection
  • 1969, sold through Jacques Kugel (Paris) to Michael Hall Fine Arts (New York)
  • 1971, 5 March, Purchased by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Andrew W. Mellon Fund

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 24 August 2011
  • 1974 Lewis
    Douglas Lewis, "Two Equestrian Statuettes after Martin Desjardins", Studies in the History of Art vol. 6, 1974, p. 142-155, repr.
  • 1984 Walker
    John Walker, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Rev. ed. New York, 1984, p. 640, n. 1008, repr., as Louis XIV, "The Sun King"
  • 1986 Seelig
    Lorenz Seelig, "Eine Reiterstatuette Kurfürst Max Emanuels von Bayern aus dem Jahr 1699", Anzeiger des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, 1986, p. 65-67, repr.
  • 1994 NGA Washington
    Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1994, p. 74, repr.
  • 2008 Marsden
    Jonathan Marsden, Entry on Louis XIV on Horseback, in Cast in Bronze. French Sculpture from Renaissance to Revolution, Edited by Geneviève Bresc-Bautier and Guilhem Scherf, with James David Draper for the English-language edition, Paris, Musée du Louvre, October 22, 2008-January 19, 2009; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 24-May 24, 2009; Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Museum, June 30-September 27, 2009, Musée du Louvre Editions / Somogy Editions d'Art, 2008, p. 318-319

Exhibitions

  • 1974 Washington
    Recent Acquisitions and Promised Gifts: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1974, n. VII, as Louis XIV on Horseback, Attributed to François Girardon.

    1981 Springfield
    Glorious Horsemen: Equestrian Art in Europe 1500-1800, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts; The J.B. Speed Museum of Art, Louisville, 1981-1982, no. 76.

Related works

  • Girardon, The Grand Dauphin, bronze, 1799.
    Bronze, Christie's New York, 11 January 1994, n°62.