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- Series: Jeu des Reynes Renommées
Frontispiece to series; cartouche decorated with scrollwork and laurel leaves and with a seated female figure dressed in armour above at centre, with lettered title in centre of cartouche. 1644
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Height: 53 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 87 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Series of 52 playing cards with frontispiece, each bearing a famous queen. Designed by Jean Desmarests de Saint-Sorlin on the orders of Cardinal Mazarin as an educational tool for the young Louis XIV, along with the Jeu des Fables, Jeu de la Géographie and Jeu des Rois de France.
A collaboration between the court playwright Jean Desmarets and the printmaker Stefano della Bella, this 'Game of Famous Queens' is one of four decks of educational playing cards produced for the child-king Louis XIV. Fifty-two models of queenly behaviour drawn from history and mythology are organized into four numbered 'suits' of thirteen character attributes, each inscribed on the upper right-hand corner of the cards. The queens are arranged within the suits by a moral scale which moves from least to most negative, then least to most positive attribute.
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