- Louise XVI (1754-1793) became king of France at the age of 19 and married the famous Marie Antoinette the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and his wife Empress Maria Theresa at the age of 15. The marriage was one that had forged an important alliance between Austria and France and would later be of importance in the height of the French Revolution. When Louise ascended to the throne, France was in a dire state, poverty was rife because of heavy taxation resulting in misery among the French people. It was also heavily burdened with debt, which was a consequence of Louise the 14ths incessant spending. He enacted financial reforms to which the nobility and the clergy did not comply, refusing to pay taxes. This lead to the Revolution of the nobility and the meeting of the Estates general which had not met since 1614, tHis was in itself the beginning of the Revolution in 1789. The failed flight of the king and his family to prepare counter-revolutionary forces resulted in their capture then execution in 1793.
- Portrait of King Louis XVI,(1754-1793) painted in the grand manner style, surrounded by imperial paraphernalia. He is depicted in ceremonial robes, an elegant stance, and his haughty expression proclaim his exalted status. Vast expanses of canvas are covered, and the king's costume is depicted in great detail.
- Repository/Location: National Museum of Fine Arts (Valletta, Malta)
- : 274 x 185 cm (without frame)
- Baroque [Create]
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