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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. In January of 1752 Madame de Pompadour commissioned a Gobelins tapestry of the same subject. The present picture is the preparatory cartoon for the tapestry. It was an audacious iconographical choice, for by suggesting such a subject, Madame de Pompadour was comparing herself to the famous mistresses of Louise XIV and to France herself.

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The Setting of the Sun




oil on canvas


H 318 x W 261 cm

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

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