His Eloquence, the statue


They say in the park we still have a couple of trees left that date back to the days of Louis XIV; all the rest are copies. As for the statues, the most interesting is that of Diana; but if Diana resembles Louise de La Valliere as much as Eloquence resembles Louis XIV, then we are in the situation of my passport and driver’s licence: those two photos don’t have any family resemblance. And it is the same face, I swear, just a few years apart.  For one thing, by the time he was forty, Louis had no teeth left, and you probably know how one visit to a dentist changes your face, character and disposition.

So as far as the portrait’s accuracy, I wouldn’t stray away from the equestrian representation. Look at them. Right away you know who is important here. It’s not that the king is too big for the horse, or the horse is too small for him; but the first impression is such that you wouldn’t want to go against the Sun King in any kind of hand-to-hand combat. Don’t let that bow on the stallion’s tail fool you!

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