Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rubens,"Marie Arrives at Marseilles"

In 1621, Marie De Medicis, widow of Henry IV of France invited Ruben to Paris. She asked him to decorate one of the newly built Palais de Luxembourg with 24 monumental paintings. This monumental paintings consist of commemorating episodes in the lives of herself and her renowned husband. He was able to prepare two series of oil sketches, with detailed figures drawn in, in which it then fell into his assistants to scale up to the dimensions of the canvasses commissioned. This painting catches my attention because it is one of twenty four which were all completed in 3 years.

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