Wednesday, 28 August 2013

A Faded Sun

This is one of the rare political cartoons about Louis XIV from 1701. The King is portrayed as old and fragile Apollo while being led by Madame de Maintenon riding a chariot. The etching is made by Romeyn de Hooghe. Also, there is another metaphorical message here: the Sun King's time is coming to an end - that the Sun is finally setting. 

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