King Louis XIV at the Louvre
Copy of the equestrian statute of King Louis XIV by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the courtyard of the Louvre in Paris. The original statue was actually carved from a single block of Carrara marble by Bernini's students and was completed prior to 1673. American architect I.M. Pei, who was in charge of the grand renovation project of the Louvre, persuaded the officials at Versailles to make a copy of this statue in lead which he placed in front of his famous glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre.
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