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Portrait of Henri IV and his family; with the King sitting on a chair at right and taking the hand of his son, the future Louis XIII, who sits on his nanny's lap in front of his mother Marie de Médicis; Henri's illegitimate son, the young César de Vendôme, stands by his father, hand on hip, looking towards the viewer; behind the King are four ministers; the scene is set in a room with curtain drawn at left, and mantle of the Order of the Saint-Esprit laid on a table at right. 1602
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Height: 250 millimetres (trimmed)
Width: 309 millimetres
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- The identification of the figures surrounding Henri is not unanimous; Firmin-Didot for instance identifies the woman sitting by the King as his mistress (Gabrielle d'Estrées) rather than his wife, and the child as Catherine Henriette de Bourbon (1596-1663), another child by Gabrielle, rather than the young Dauphin. However the star-shaped jewel worn by the woman sitting beside Henri seems consistent with contemporary portraits of Marie de Médicis, and the particular bond indicated by Henri's gesture also points towards the young infant being the dauphin rather than Catherine Henriette.
Also see E. Bouvy, "La Famille d'Henri IV à propos d'une estampe de Léonard Gaultier" in 'L'Amateur d'Estampe', 1932,161-176.
The composition was adapted as a ceramic dish (see Musée National de la Renaissance, Ecouen, E.Cl. 1146).
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