|The King assumes control of the government|
During a career that spanned most of the 17th century Charles Le Brun did everything he could to justify the opinion of Louis XIV that he was "the greatest painter in France."
|Alexander the Great and King Porus|
|Entry of Alexander the Great into Babylon|
|The family of Darius before Alexander the Great|
|Pierre Séguier, Chancelier de France|
|Capture of the city and citadel of Gand in six days|
|Pavillon de l'Aurore|
|Horatius Cocles defending the bridge|
In his youth Le Brun had traveled to Italy with Nicolas Poussin. Le Brun returned home to a life of fame and power, but posterity has not tended to treat him kindly.
|Portrait of Louis XIV|
|Ceiling decoration at Versailles glorifying Louis XIV|
|Cipher of Louis XIV on ceiling at Versailles|
|Portrait of Charles Le Brun by Nicolas Largillière|