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Filename: N070471.jpg

Size: 5000 x 4226 (22.5MB)

Date: 23rd September 2011

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Meulen - Louis XIV at a Siege N070471

APSLEY HOUSE, London. " Louis XIV at a Siege" c.1678 by Adam Francois van der MEULEN (1632-90). WM 1494-1948

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Media ID 5529835

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Flemish French Horse Monarchy Painting


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EDITORS COMMENTS
This painting, titled "Louis XIV at a Siege," is a masterpiece by the renowned Flemish artist Adam Frans van der Meulen, created around 1678. The artwork is currently housed at Apsley House in London, a historic building that was once the residence of the Duke of Wellington. The painting portrays King Louis XIV of France, the Sun King himself, amidst the chaos and intensity of a siege. Louis XIV, dressed in his regal attire, is depicted on horseback, surveying the battlefield with a determined expression on his face. The king's red cloak billows in the wind, adding a sense of movement and energy to the scene. The painting captures the essence of the monarchy during this period, with its grandeur and military might on full display. The intricate details of the soldiers, their uniforms, and the siege engines create a vivid and immersive experience for the viewer. The use of light and shadow adds depth and texture to the painting, making it a true masterpiece of Baroque art. The painting also serves as a testament to Van der Meulen's exceptional skill as a painter. His ability to capture the emotions and energy of the scene, as well as the intricacies of the military tactics, is truly remarkable. The painting's historical significance is further emphasized by its placement in Apsley House, which is itself a symbol of British military history. Overall, "Louis XIV at a Siege" is a must-see for anyone interested in art, history, or the monarchy. The painting's grandeur, detail, and historical significance make it a true treasure of the Apsley House collection and a testament to Van der Meulen's artistic prowess.

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