Louis XIV in Allegorical Armor

Artist: Michel Molart (French, Dieppe 1641–1713 Dieppe)

Date: 17th century

Culture: French

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 4 x 2 5/8 in. (10.2 x 6.7 cm.)

Classification: Medals and Plaquettes

Credit Line: Gift of Ogden Mills, 1925

Accession Number: 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.