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The Setting of the Sun

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Louis XIV employed the theme of the chariot of Apollo at Versailles and the smaller Grand Trianon to suggest that they were places where the new Apollo, Louis, could rest after a hard day driving the chariot of state. Pictorially and iconographically ‘The Setting of the Sun’ is a grand reworking of the same theme, where the subject of Apollo returning to his beloved is now associated with Louis XV and his mistress Madame de Pompadour.

The Wallace Collection

London


Date

1752

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 318 x W 261 cm

Accession number

P486

Acquisition method

acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1855; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

Work type

Painting


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