- Museum number
- Object: Maria de Médices Royne de France
Portrait of Marie de Médicis, bust-length, turned to left, wearing jewels and pearls in her hair, a ruff, a pearl necklace and a star-shaped brooch
- Production date
- 1600-1610 (c)
Height: 418 millimetres
Width: 290 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This anonymous portrait of Marie de Médicis, Queen of Henri IV, is actually based on a portrait engraved by Hieronymus Wierix in 1600 (see impression in BM: 1868,0822.633) and representing Henriette d'Entragues, who was Henri IV's mistress at the time of his marriage to Marie. Even the poem is mostly unchanged, with the second verse simply altered to rhyme with 'Royne' (queen) instead of 'marquize' (marchioness).
The Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris keeps an earlier state of the plate (Hennin collection, cat. No.3109), before the addition of the title; however the verses still identify the sitter as Queen Marie de Médicis.
Thomas de Leu also engraved a portrait of Henriette d'Entragues following the same model (R,6.104); the lettered inscription on the Leu print attributes the design of the portrait to François Quesnel.
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