The Arrival of Marie de’ Medici at Marseilles (1622-26) by Peter Paul Rubens

The Arrival of Marie de' Medici at Marseilles - Peter Paul Rubens - 1622-26

Artwork Information

TitleThe Arrival of Marie de' Medici at Marseilles
ArtistPeter Paul Rubens
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions155 x 115 1/4 in (394 x 293 cm)
Current LocationMusée du Louvre, Paris

About The Arrival of Marie de' Medici at Marseilles

The Arrival Of Marie De’ Medici At Marseilles was painted by Peter Paul Rubens in 1622 to 1626, along with twenty-three other paintings that were commissioned as a series on the life of Marie de’ Medici by the queen herself. This cycle is unique because of both its scale and subject matter. Rubens’s popularity was so great that he was able to establish an extensive workshop and take on an ambitious commission such as this. In four years’ time, he managed to complete the entire series on the life of Marie de’ Medicis, which included The Landing of Marie de Médicis at Marseille. This painting is a major part of the Medici Cycle, which serves as commemorations to her life with her husband Henry IV of France.

Peter Paul Rubens’ work also includes self-portraits and one of his most renowned works is Self-Portrait With Justus Lipsius, Philip Rubens, And Jan Wowerius, Known As The Four Philosophers – Peter Paul Rubens – C. 1611-12. It self-portrait features himself alongside philosopher Justus Lipsius and his brother Philip along with classical scholar Jan Wowerius admiring ancient Greek sculptures in a library setting. Together they appear thoughtful while admiring these objects depicting their appreciation towards the cultural side of intellectualism during Renaissance times. With its subtle mannerism and details captured from Renaissance period artworks displayed in the portrait, this painting helps to capture a snapshot in time for viewers to appreciate.

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