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Marie de Médicis

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




Frans Pourbus, the Younger
Flemish, 1569-1622

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.


On View, Gallery 208


Painting and Sculpture of Europe


Frans Pourbus, the Younger


Marie de Médicis


Flanders (Artist's nationality:)

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Oil on canvas


Inscribed at upper right: F.PVRBIS / CRISTIANISS. / MA: PICTOR . FACIEBAT . AN / 1616


99.7 × 77.5 cm (39 1/4 × 30 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Kate S. Buckingham

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