Sun King: Louis XIV and the New World

Louis XIV: King of France and Navarre, by unidentified artist, ca. 1675. Original image property of the Musée National du Château de Versailles.

Ruling in splendor, the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, created the most powerful nation in seventeenth century Europe. For three decades, he was also monarch of vast areas of North America. This man, his court, his impact on French and European society and culture, and his ties to the New World are the subjects of The Sun King: Louis XIV and the New World. His presence and power are traced through photographs, posters, and texts.


The Sun King: Louis XIV and the New World, based on a major exhibition organized by the Louisiana State Museum, presents King Louis XIV, the absolute monarch who controlled all forms of French manners and culture, including the production of arts and crafts and performance of drama and music. Panel topics include:

  • Childhood
  • Richelieu
  • Louis as adolescent
  • His secretaries
  • The glory of war
  • Religious controversy
  • Sun symbol
  • Versailles
  • Society and etiquette
  • Arts and crafts
  • Poetry, music, and theatre
  • Science
  • Explorations
  • Wife and mistresses

The Sun King is an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

Content20 framed panels
Support legs
Space Requirements112 square feet of floor space (8’ x 14’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 1 wooden crate and 1 fiber case:
  • 44.25” x 26” x 41.5” – 269 lbs.
  • 6.5” x 7” x 79.5” – 36 lbs.
Rental Fee*$600*
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 brochures featuring an essay on Louis’s political and cultural theories
  • 2 major exhibition catalogs

Publicity Materials

Press release

The Sun King press release

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email

2019-2020 Bookings

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.

On Display