sconosciuto - Ritratto regina Maria de’ Medici

sconosciuto - Ritratto regina Maria de’ Medici
Oil on canvas - Not signed - XVII SEC.

Important oil on canvas made by a painter of the French school in the 17th century, size 93.6 x 72 cm (excluding frame). The work, which is in excellent condition and features an old, albeit excellent, relining, portrays Maria de' Medici, queen consort of France and Navarre, as the second wife of Henry IV of France from 1600 to 1610. The Queen is depicted in the period of maturity, with an elegant satin dress with bright colours, so as to stand out strongly from the dark and neutral background (a stylistic figure typical of the Baroque style). On the left we see the crown of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, symbolizing the place of origin of the French sovereign.
The woman is portrayed in a typical model pose, still used today: three-quarter bust with the face turned away from the body, and the two arms slightly detached from the body.

Maria de Medici made history when her husband Henry IV died murdered by François Ravaillac on 14 May 1610 and she assumed the regency on behalf of her son, Louis XIII, who was only eight years old and too young to rule.
Maria's foreign policy, strongly influenced by her Italian advisers, was, contrary to that of her husband, determined by a strong alliance with the Spanish monarchy and therefore oriented more towards Catholicism than Protestantism, as Henry IV would have liked.

Lot details
Title of artwork
Ritratto regina Maria de’ Medici
Oil on canvas
Not signed
In very good condition
Sold with frame
Image sizes
94×72 cm
Total dimensions
103,5×82×4,5 cm
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