- Museum number
- Object: La couronne de justice
Portrait of Marie de Médicis as Justice, sitting whole-length, wearing dress embroidered with fleur-de-lys, holding sword in right hand and scales in left hand; she sits on a bench set under a canopy beneath a canopy of which the curtains are being drawn aside by two angels. c.1610
- Production date
- 1610 (c)
Height: 205 millimetres
Width: 149 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- According to Robert-Dumesnil the plate was used as an illustration to 'Traicté sur l'audacieuse, insolente et odieuse procédure des oppositions, saisies et arrestz...', published in 1609, however no copy of the book has been found.
Preparatory drawing by Isaie Fournier; the head portrait follows an archetype known through several engravings (see plate engraved by Leonard Gaultier in 1601, O,1.185, and plate by Antonius Wierix, R,6.91; also see plate by Thomas de Leu, Robert-Dumesnil cat. No.455) and which is based on a portrait by François Quesnel. This allegorical representation of Marie de Medicis flourished after her coronation (1610) and this print is likely to have been executed around this date. It was a successful image and several copies are known (see for instance 1848,0911.630.).
Lit.: 'Paris vaut bien une messe', 2010, cat. No.62.
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