[Anne de Montmorency]Annas de Montmorency Comes Stabuli Sub Ludov.o 12.o Francisco i.o
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾") very large margins. Slight foxing.
Anne de Montmorency (1493-1567), French soldier, statesman and diplomat. Montmorency spent most of his career serving under king Francis I, fighting in the Italian wars and then, as governor of Languedoc, defending Provence against the invasion of Charles V from northern Italy. He was also an important diplomat, working with Cardinal Wolsey to negotiate an alliance between Francis I and Henry VII in 1527, although he fell from favour after a settlement he brokered with Charles V failed. Montmorency recovered his previous status, however, under subsequent French monarchs. From 'Les Portraits des Hommes Illustres Francois qui sont Peints dans la Galerie du Palais Cardinal de Richelieu' (1660). The book reproduces the portraits of great men hanging in Richelieu's 'Galerie des hommes illustres' by Simon Vouet and Philippe de Champaigne (although only four of the original paintings survive). The final 'illustrious figure' was Richelieu himself.
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