The Marie De' Medici Cycle

The Marie de' Medici Cycle is a collection of twenty-four paintings by Peter Paul Rubens commissioned by Marie De Medici, wife and widow of Henry IV of France, to be placed in the Luxembourg Palace in Paris. Rubens received the commission in the fall of 1621. After negotiating the terms of the contract in early 1622, the project was to be completed within the following two years. In order to understand the full story and inspiration behind this massive series you can click here to read more. I have done my best to summarize the four decades in which this took place though it is still somewhat lengthy. Click on any image below to see it in a larger form and scroll over the image to read a description.