Kings and Queens

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Monarchy of France

John II Jean le Bon (John II the Good)

At different venues about Paris we feel inadequate due to our lack of familiarity with French Royalty:

Among the Peiture (Paintings) at Le Louvre, where a huge gallery is dedicated to Queen Catherine de Médicis Cycle painted by Peter Paul Rubens

The Scultpures in the Museum of French History at Versailles and the Galerie d’Apollon (Louvre), prominent historical figures are featured most of whom we are unfamiliar with, for some the names are totally new.

At Basillica St. Denis, the Royal Necropolis where French monarchs were traditionally interred, the recumbent tombs poplulate the church with a plethora of figures who we want to know more about.

We have become more familiar with some French Monarchs through their paintings at le Louvre:

Clovis I (466-511)

Jean (John) II (1319 – 1364) painted by Anonymous

Charles VII (1403 – 1461) painted by Jean Fouquet

Francois I (1494-1547) painted by Jean Clouet

Henry II (1519 -1559)

Catherine de’ Medici (1519 -1589) painted by Peter Paul Rubens

Henry IV (1572 -1610) painted as Hercules (vanquishing the Lernaean Hydra) by Toussaint Dubreuil

Charles I (of England) (1600 – 1649) painted by Anthony van Dyck
(we always assumed that this peinture among French kings, was a king of France)

Louis XIV (1638 -1715) painted by Hyacinthe Rigaud

Marie Antoinette (1755 -1793) painted by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Napoleon I (1769 -1821) painted by Jacques Louis David

Napoleon III (1808 -1873) painted by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin (Versailles, Musée National du Château)

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