Bust of Louis XV

Lead-glazed earthenware (faience fine) | 20.9 x 10.3 x 10.1in | c. 1745

After a model attributed to Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, the younger

This bust shows the French King Louis XV at the height of his popularity, when he was still known as le Bien-Aimé (the Beloved). The artist achieved a remarkably animated likeness, at once elegant and grand. Royal portraits were meant to convey the m...
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