Louis XIV

A work made of engraving on paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of engraving on paper.

Date:

1663

Artist:

Robert Nanteuil
French, 1623-1678

About this artwork

This portrait was one of several prints of Louis XIV that Nanteuil engraved based on a pastel that he composed from life. Nanteuil frequently brought friends to entertain his models as they sat, giving his portraits a relaxed, natural look, but Louis XIV was a reputedly difficult subject who detested sitting for extended periods. Nonetheless, Nanteuil would engrave 12 portraits of the king, and draw him in person on more than one occasion. As his career progressed, Nanteuil’s prints grew more painterly in quality, with subtler chiaroscuro effects, evident here in the carefully hatched shadows behind Louis XIV.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

Robert Nanteuil

Title

Louis XIV

Origin

France

Date

1663

Medium

Engraving on paper

Dimensions

405 × 334 mm (plate); 515 × 401 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. J. J. Glessner and the Avery Fund

Reference Number

1923.1655

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