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Louis XVI of France
Callet, Antoine-François
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Callet, Antoine-François

Paris, 1741 - Paris, 1823

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Louis XVI of France

1778 - 1779. Oil on canvas. Not on display

Son of Louis Fernande, Dauphin of France, and Maria Josefina of Saxony, Louis XVI was born in 1754 and married Marie Antoinette of Austria in 1770. His father died without acceding to the throne and Louis succeeded his grandfather, Louis XV, in 1774. Arrested just prior to the proclamation of the French Republic, he was guillotined in 1793. Callet here follows Rigaud’s paintings of Louis XIV (Musée du Louvre and Versailles) with the king represented with the symbols of the French monarchy. The canvas, which involves workshop participation, was given by the French king to the Count of Aranda in 1783 during the latter’s time as Spanish ambassador in Paris, according to the inscription on the fine quality, original frame.

Technical data

Inventory number
Callet, Antoine-François
Louis XVI of France
1778 - 1779
Height: 275 cm; Width: 193 cm
Royal Collection (Given by the French king Louis XVI to the Count of Aranda, 1783; Acquired by Queen Isabel II from collection of the Duke of Hijar; It entered the Prado Museum in 1864)

Bibliography +

Montesa, Marqués de, Heráldica en el Museo del Prado, Arte Español / Revista Española de Arte, 25, 1967, pp. 90.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 107-108.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Bettagno, Alessandro, El Museo del Prado, Fonds Mercator Fundación Amigos del Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1996, pp. 565.

El Conde de Aranda, Gobierno de Aragon, Zaragoza, 1998, pp. 298.

Lepage, Damien, François-Charles Buteux (1724-1797), maître sculpteur des Bâtiments du Roi. Grandeur et misère des bordures retrouvées, Les cahiers d'histoire de l'art, 14, 2016, pp. 34-47.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, Adiciones, 1857-1868. Núm. 3038.
3038. Retrato de Luis 16. / En lienzo con un magnífico marco, procedente del real palacio por haberlo adquirido S.M. de la testamentaria de E.S. duque de Hijar, fue trasladado al museo en 28 de junio de 1864.

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1975.

Inscriptions +

Donne par le roi a mr. le cte. d'Aranda Ambassadeur de la Cour d'Espagne aupres de sa Majeste en l'annee 1783
Front, lower area

Exhibitions +

El Conde de Aranda
23.09.1998 - 10.01.1999

Displayed objects +

Heraldic and Noble Elements

Crown / Wreath

Cloak, Royal / Robes, Royal


Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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