The Descent of the Sovereign
. . . is the third in the Ludwig II inspired series of paintings. This piece is based around one of the last castle Ludwig built, Herrenchiemsee, his homage to Louis the XVI and his very own version of Versailles.
Ludwig II was obsessed by Louis XVI, the sun king, and believed himself to be the moon king due to his preference to be awake at night and to sleep during the daytime.
In this piece the golden eagle (a symbol of Louis), is landing on a balustrade where the king has discarded his robe. This painting is all about Ludwig's downfall and his despair. Behind the eagle, in the window, you can see the dark shadow lurking behind the curtain; is this the ill-fated king?