Collection: Versailles, castles of Versailles and Trianon © RMN-Grand Palais / Rights reserved

Louis XIV on horseback, King of France and Navarre (1638-1715), painting by René Antoine Houasse (1645-1710)

In this portrait, the king stands out in his position as horse rider. White as the standard flagship of the French monarchy, the horse is magnified by its royal trappings, matching the ruler’s clothing in red and gold colours. The horse’s prancing contrasting with the rider’s calm further reveal the mastery of the man over his mount. Ready to wage war, assault or launch into a gallop, the king stands out. In this state of grandeur and magnificence, he is the embodiment of power.