Versailles Museum mv 2140 © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot
The initial goal was to march directly to Brussels on the wishes of Louis XIV, who would lead the army in person. On the advice of Turenne, who saw the taking of Brussels to be difficult, the king turned to another goal. The army appeared on June 21 at the foot of the city walls. The city and the citadel would fall in less than a week. Painted by one of the king's official painters, the painting places the king / horse relationship in an openly warlike context, although the horse is depicted more so as a means of transport, thereby demonstrating the change in the military strategies of the time, where the royal horse was mainly a vehicle or medium for the glory of the ruler.