Gabrielle d'Estrées et une de ses sœurs

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Portrait présumé de Gabrielle d'Estrées et de sa soeur la duchesse de Villars
Scuola di fontainebleau, presunti ritratti di gabrielle d'estrées sua sorella la duchessa di villars, 1594 ca. 06.jpg
Artist Unknown author
Year circa 1594
Type oil on wood
Dimensions 96 cm × 125 cm (38 in × 49 in)
Location Louvre

The painting Gabrielle d'Estrées et une de ses soeurs (French pronunciation: ​[ɡabʁiɛl dɛstʁe e yn də sɛ sœʁ] Gabrielle d'Estrées and one of her sisters), by an unknown artist circa 1594, is of Gabrielle d'Estrées, mistress of King Henry IV of France, sitting up nude in a bath, holding what is presumed to be Henry's coronation ring, whilst her sister sits nude beside her and pinches her right nipple.[1] Henry gave Gabrielle the ring as a token of his love shortly before she died.

The painting is a symbolic announcement anticipating the birth of Gabrielle's first child with Henry, César de Bourbon.[2]

This painting is peculiarly biased toward left-handedness. Gabrielle's sister is pinching her right nipple with her left hand, d'Estrées is holding what is said to be King Henry IV of France’s coronation ring with her left hand, and the seamstress in the background is sewing with her left hand. Additionally, the painting hanging in the background is of the lower body of a naked person, but contrary to rumor, he is not holding his penis with his left hand; a piece of red fabric is draped over his genitals.

The painting now hangs at the Louvre in Paris, which attributes the work to a painter from the Fontainebleau School.[3]

A sprightly British drama, Two Nudes Bathing, speculates upon the origins of the anonymous painting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hagen, Rose-Marie; Rainer Hagen (2002). What Great Paintings Say, Volume 2. Köln: Taschen. p. 205. ISBN 9783822813720. 
  2. ^ Official site of the Louvre Museum - Portrait présumé de Gabrielle d'Estrées et de sa soeur la duchesse de Villars
  3. ^ Gabrielle d'Estrées and one of her sisters, mheu, 2009, retrieved 17 December 2013