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Louis XIV terrassant la Fronde

Louis XIV Crushes the Fronde

Saint-Germain-en-Laye 1638 - Versailles 1715
King of France, 1643-1715
(Wikipedia)
Gilles Guérin
after 1654

Chantilly /  Louis XIV terrassant la Fronde   Chantilly /  Louis XIV terrassant la Fronde

Description

Statue of Louis XIV with his foot on a defeated member of the Fronde.

The Fronde (French pronunciation: ?[f???d][1]) was a series of civil wars in France between 1648 and 1653, occurring in the midst of the Franco-Spanish War, which had begun in 1635. King Louis XIV confronted the combined opposition of the princes, the nobility, the law courts (parlements), and most of the French people, and yet won out in the end.

The sculpture was commissioned 27 March 1653 by the aldermen of the city of Paris and erected 23 June 1654, in the courtyard of the Hôtel de Ville. The original passed into the hands of the Bourbon-Condé family and is preserved at the Château de Chantilly. The Bourbon-Condé had been prominent opponents of the king during the aristocratic rebellion called the Fronde and may have preferred a less public exhibition of the yoked figure beneath the king's heel.

Inscription(s)

LOUIS XIV TERRASSANT LA FRONDE.
groupe commandé en 1654 à gilles guérin
Par le prevôt des marchands et Place à l'hôtel de ville.
Doù le roi le fit ensuite retirer.
Acquis Par le prince de condé du président de fourcy.

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