Thursday, April 5, 2007

The "Moon King"

Ludwig sometimes styled himself "the Moon King," in deference to his idol, Louis XIV, the "Sun King." One of his favorite diversions was a lonely sleigh ride under the full moon - memorialized in the painting above by R. Wenig. If you think the gilded decoration of the sleigh in the painting is hard to believe, a similar one (with electric lamps up front) still exists at Ludwig's palace in Munich, Schloss Nymphenburg (below).

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