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As the title above suggests, this print depicts “Marie de’Medicis, abandoned widow of Henri IV, King of the French. Louis XIII, son of Henri IV, King of France and Navarre”. “The Queen appears in mourning black with her handkerchief and a pendant on a chain hanging from her waist. Her payer book indicates her piety, while the altar with a crucifix in the center background between Marie and Louis emphasizes Catholic orthodoxy. The artist depicted the King as a miniature adult in full regalia, standing near his mother but separated from her so as to signal his independence. The King and his mother each stand in front of a throne adorned with the emblems of sovereignty. Marie’s is more elaborate and she stands to the king’s left, indicating that she shares in his sovereignty. The Queen Mother, in effect, occupies the King’s spot as Louis is too young, or more literally in the depiction, too small, to control all of sovereign authority. The caption of the image indicates this in form as well as content: Marie is listed first.” (C. Crawford, “Perilous Performances: Gender and Regency in Early Modern France”, 2009, pp.72-73) The engraving should date from about 1610. On verso collector’s mark of the collection Waldburg Wolfegg (L.2542).
Engraving on paper, trimmed within plate mark; total: 221 x 291 mm, mounted on cardboard; despite some light smudges and an almost undetectable pinch on the top right corner, very light foxing in some areas, very sharp impression.
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