About this artwork
Though Frans Pourbus the Younger descended from a dynasty of portrait painters in the Spanish Netherlands, he, like Antonis Mor, served courts across Europe, including those in Brussels, Mantua, and Paris. This likeness of Marie de’ Medici, queen mother of Louis XIII of France, was executed six years after she appointed Pourbus her personal portraitist. His meticulous depiction of her elaborate garments effectively conveys a variety of textures, details, and patterns within a restricted color palette.
- Frans Pourbus, the Younger
- Marie de Médicis
- Oil on canvas
- Inscribed at upper right: F.PVRBIS / CRISTIANISS. / MA: PICTOR . FACIEBAT . AN / 1616
- 39 1/4 × 30 1/2 in. (99.7 × 77.5 cm)
- Gift of Kate S. Buckingham