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Deutsch: Porträt der Maria de' Medici, Königin von Frankreich
English: Marie de Medici, Queen of France
Date 1622
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 130 × 112 cm (51.2 × 44.1 in)
English: Reference number P01685. Dressed completely in black, with a widow's headdress and simple jewelry, Marie de Medici is portrayed as the Queen Mother, after having governed France as a Regent from 1610 to 1617.

As one of Rubens' most outstanding patrons, the queen commissioned him to decorate her Luxemburg Palace in Paris with a series of works that glorified her figure and that of her husband, Henri IV. Rubens began the present work with that end in mind, but it was left unfinished, as can be seen in the sketchy background.

This painting belonged to the artist until his death, and was later acquired by Felipe IV.


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