[Marie' de Medici]Maria Medicea H.I HIIII.I Coniux [...]
Engraving with accompanying letterpress sheet, 17th century watermark; each 470 x 350mm (18½ x 13¾").
Marie' de Medici (1575-1642), Queen of France as second wife of Henri IV. Following her husband's assassination at the hands of a fanatical Catholic in 1610 she acted as regent until her son, the future Louis XIII, came of age. A notable patron of the arts, Marie oversaw the construction and furnishing of the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris (modelled after the Palazzo Pitti in Marie's hometown of Florence) and employed Rubens as her court painter. 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 (and women) 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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