November 22, 2010

Queens of Style: Marie de Medici

Frans Pourbus the Younger, Marie de' Medici, Queen of France (1573-1642). 1610, oil on canvas.  Intended for Petite Galerie of the Palais du Louvre. Musée du Louvre.

Queen Marie de Medici, daughter of Francesco I de Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, married off to Henry IV of France who was not only twenty years her senior, but a divorcee as well.  The day after she was crowned Queen her husband was assassinated while stuck in post coronation traffic.  She then became Regent until her son Louis XIII came of age.

Here she is seen wearing pearls, diamonds, garnets, sapphires and lace, in a blue gown trimmed in ermine.  

7 comments

  1. I love the Elizabethan collar, the ermine and the fleur de lis.

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  2. @Elan me too, the whole garment must have been so heavy to stand for a portrait. She is a stronger lady than I!

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  3. Love, love the fleur-de-lis. Arrived home from Tuscany yesterday - fur is back in a big way over there!

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  4. that is so funny because I just got back from Paris so I am still in full French mode LOL.

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  5. What an amazing lace collar, that must have been starched to within an inch of it's life! By the way, I've chosen your blog for an award on my blog :)

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  6. Yes,the Gown and all the accessories are truly beautiful; with such Feminine Majestic Opulence. Just Gorgeous. It is a shame that Royalty today is so bland in comparison.
    Your blog is lovely.

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