Louis XIV as Apollo, 1672
Michel Molart (French, 1641–1713)
Bronze; 4 x 2 5/8 in. (10.2 x 6.7 cm)
Gift of Ogden Mills, 1925 (25.142.61)
Designed in 1672, this bronze relief shows Louis XIV wearing a fanciful helmet crowned with the chariot of Apollo, the sun god to whom the king likened himself. The chariot drags a chained prisoner, symbolic of the German towns captured by Louis XIV's armies during the first of his victorious campaigns against the Dutch. The helmet and the armor are embossed with a wealth of allegorical details.