Raphael pictured such infernal villains as Catherine and Marie de Medicis
seated in heaven and conversing familiarly with the Virgin Mary and the angels, (to say nothing of higher personages,) and yet my friends abuse me because I am a little prejudiced against the old masters--because I fail sometimes to see the beauty that is in their productions.
"It is because in my prosperity I forgot those old friends, monsieur; because I have acted like Queen Marie de Medicis
, who, returning from her first exile, treated with contempt all those who had suffered for her and, being proscribed a second time, died at Cologne abandoned by every one, even by her own son."
Anne of Austria, deprived of the confidence of her husband, pursued by the hatred of the cardinal, who could not pardon her for having repulsed a more tender feeling, having before her eyes the example of the queen-mother whom that hatred had tormented all her life--though Marie de Medicis
, if the memoirs of the time are to be believed, had begun by according to the cardinal that sentiment which Anne of Austria always refused him--Anne of Austria had seen her most devoted servants fall around her, her most intimate confidants, her dearest favorites.
Shouldn't you like one of those great Rubenses--the marriage of Marie de Medicis
? Just look at it and see how handsome it is."
The problem is that the exhibition is curated in a way that draws attention to the omissions by repeatedly referring to influential paintings that are too large, too fragile or too precious to borrow: The Fall of the Damned (1621) in the Alte Pinakothek, Munich; Coup de Lance (1620) in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp; or the cycle of scenes from the life of Marie de Medicis
in the Louvre, for example.
The 4.25in by 3.5in sketch of the Marie de Medicis
has been valued at 75,000 pounds, the BBC reported.
The main achievement of this lively book is to render a comprehensive account of the various experiences of these female rulers, from the well-known characters (Elizabeth I, Marie de Medicis
, Mary Stuart, Christina, Catherine II among others), to the more obscure (Charlotte of Cyprus, Catherine Comaro, Blanca of Navarre for instance).
In this regard, one is especially drawn to such seductive masters as Barthelemy Prieur, an Italianizing genius in the employ of the courts of Henry IV and Marie de Medicis
. Here the panoply of learned Baroque classicism, its resident Apollos, Daphnes, Dianas, and Amphitrites--even those cast in the obese lineaments of Marie de Medicis--vivifies instants of delectation for the kinds of objects that now, as forty years ago, remain condescended to by our younger art world.
Le texte de ce magistrat historien (1553-1617), qui fut lie a Henri IV et qui joua un role de negociateur pendant la regence de Marie de Medicis
, meritait d'etre presente de facon savante, tant les eclaircissements sont necessaires.
In 1600 his ode to the new queen, Marie de Medicis
, made his name more widely known.
(6) Their mother, Marie de Medicis
, had a household of 464 in 1606.