King Louis XIV often referred to himself as ” The Sun King”. Louis liked to perceive himself as the source of light to all of his subjects, despite his absolutism. This name also made a reference to the Greek god, Apollo. Apollo was the god of peace and arts, and Louis himself thought he brought peace and total order with his absolutism. He was also a patron of the arts and all things lavish.
This sculpture is located in the palace of Versailles. It is supposed to represent Louis XIV’s face surrounded by the sun. Since this sculpture and emblem for Louis is located in his personal home, we can conclude that he had great wealth. This is made of gold, which also hints at Louis’s sense of self importance and his great amount of money spent on his palaces.