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Portrait of Anne of Austria, Queen of France

Portrait of Anne of Austria, Queen of France, c. 1622-25

Peter Paul Rubens
Flemish, 1577-1640
Oil on canvas
47-1/4 x 38-1/8 in. (120 x 96.8 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
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Anne of Austria [1601-1667]was the wife of King Louis XIII of France. The Queen is represented at about the age of twenty-five, dressed with a "Medici" pleated lace ruffle around her neck and a jeweled crown on her head. The satin dress is embroidered with repeated fleur-de-lys, and she wears an ermine-lined mantle.

The portraits of Anne and Louis were probably painted during one of Rubens' visits to Paris when he was directing the decoration of the Luxembourg Gallery.

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