Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans  

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Louis d'Orléans, Duke of Orléans (Louis d'Orléans, duc d'Orléans) (4 August 1703 – 4 February 1752) was a member of the royal family of France, the House of Bourbon, and as such was a prince du sang. At his father's death, he became the First Prince of the Blood (Premier Prince du Sang). Known as Louis le Pieux and also as Louis le Génovéfain, Louis was a pious, charitable and cultured prince, who took very little part in the politics of the time.

Louis d'Orléans has also gained infamy through his acts of art vandalism. Correggio's Leda and the Swan was damaged by him. He is said to have had "periodic crises of conscience" about his way of life. During one of those he attacked the figure of Leda with a knife. The damage has been repaired, though full restoration to the original condition was not possible.

He is also said to have cut out the face of Io in Correggio's Jupiter and Io, which was later replaced by Prud'hon.

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