Blasius de Monluc Polemarchus [...]
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, 17th century watermark; each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾"), very large margins. Foxed.
Blaise de Lasseran-Massencôme, seigneur de Montluc (c.1502-77), marshal of France. Montluc famously defended Siena in 1555 and held Guyenne for the king during the French Religious Wars. He is most famous, however, for his book of memoirs, the 'Commentaires de Messire Blaise de Montluc' (1592), which have been described as a 'soldier's bible'. 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.
For another portrait of Montluc see ref. 2093.
[Ref: 39896] £240.00