Shine On: New Versailles exhibit reflects Sun King's glory

  • November 01, 2009 11:14

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Hundreds of long-dispersed portraits, sculptures and tapestries celebrating Louis XIV have returned to Versailles. The exhibit "Louis XIV: The Man and the King" gives visitors the 17th-century ruler in all his varied incarnations. A massive oil painting shows the cherub-faced child who ascended to the throne at age 5. Imposing marble busts extoll the steely-eyed "Louis the Great," whose iron-fisted leadership helped forge the modern French state.

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