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Nicolas-André Monsiau
THE CORONATION OF MARIE DE MEDICI, 13 MAY 1610
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LOT SOLD. 26,250 USD
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126
Nicolas-André Monsiau
THE CORONATION OF MARIE DE MEDICI, 13 MAY 1610
Estimate
16,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 26,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Nicolas-André Monsiau
PARIS 1754 - 1837
THE CORONATION OF MARIE DE MEDICI, 13 MAY 1610

Catalogue Note

Marie de Medici was the second wife of King Henry IV of France, and though the practice of a coronation of a Queen was not customary in France, her insistence proved worthwhile: just a day after she was crowned Queen of France, her husband was assassinated by François Ravaillac, and Marie assumed power as Regent until their son, Louis XIII, came of age.  

The coronation took place on 13 May 1610 at the Basilica of Saint Denis, which is faithfully depicted in all its glory in the present work.  Indeed the sketch is part of a commission of ten large painted canvases which decorated the Basilica's new chapels, ordered by Napoleon in 1806.  By 1812, six artists had submitted their sketches to the architect; the present work is almost certainly the definitive model presented by Monsiau.  

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