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VERSAILLES, FRANCE (OCTOBER 19, 2009) (REUTERS) WIDE VIEW OF THE GARDENS AT THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES WIDE VIEW OF THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES PORTRAIT OF LOUIS XIV BETWEEN TWO MARBLE BUSTS OF LOUIS XIV PAN OF PORTRAIT OF LOUIS XIV MADE IN 1702 BY HYACHINTHE RIGAUD VARIOUS OF MARBLE BUST OF LOUIS XIV PAN ACROSS 17TH CENTURY PAINTINGS BY FLEMISH PAINTER ADAM FRANS VAN DER MEULEN CLOSEUP OF THE PAINTING IN WITH LOUIS XIV ON THE PONT-NEUF IN PARIS ROOM WITH LARGE CARPETS, A PET PROJECT OF LOUIS XIV WHO WANTED TO COVER THE ENTIRE FLOOR OF THE GRAND GALERIE OF THE LOUVRE BRONZE SCULPTURE OF LOUIS XIV ZOOM INTO A BRONZE PIECE DEPICTING LOUIS XIV AS THE SUN KING WAX PORTRAIT OF LOUIS XIV, WITH HUMAN HAIR, BY ANTOINE BENOIST CLOSEUP OF HUMAN HAIR ON THE WAX PORTRAIT VARIOUS OF WAX PORTRAIT (SOUNDBITE) (French) CURATOR OF 17th CENTURY PAINTINGS AT THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES, MILO VALOVIC SAYING: "Louis XIV suffered from a a very negative image, the image of a king who was absolute and frightening, almost like a despot. That's one of the reasons why there's never before been an exhibition." CLOSEUP OF WAX PORTRAIT (SOUNDBITE) (French) CURATOR OF 17th CENTURY PAINTINGS AT THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES, MILO VALOVIC SAYING: "The King is the official image, the public aspect and the man is the personal taste, meaning, his passion for the arts." CABINET MADE TO ORDER FOR LOUIS XIV IN THE 17TH CENTURY CLOSEUP OF DETAILS AND MURALS ON THE CABINET 17TH CENTURY BRONZE STATUE OF LOUIS XIV ON A HORSE BY FRANCOIS GIRARDON VARIOUS OF ROOM WITH OBJECTS REPRESENTING THE PERSONAL TASTE OF LOUIS XIV BUST OF LOUIS XIV MADE IN 1665 BY GIAN LOTRNZO BERNINI (SOUNDBITE) (French) PRESIDENT OF THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES, JEAN-JAQUES AILLAGON SAYING: "For a personality like Louis XIV, there is very little distance between personal taste and public taste. The King's taste became the taste of his kingdom; he had such a strong personality that it impressed itself on its environment." VARIOUS OF ARMOUR BELONGING TO LOUIS XIV WIDE VIEW OF THE CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES
Dateline: 2009

France: An Exhibition Dedicated To France's Sun King, Louis Xiv, Opens At ...

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