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Drawing - Maria de’ Medici (1573–1642)
  • Maria de’ Medici (1573–1642)
    Rubens, born 1577 - died 1640
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Maria de’ Medici (1573–1642)

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1622 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rubens, born 1577 - died 1640 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and red chalk

  • Credit Line:

    Dalton Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case 11, shelf R

Physical description

A study for the head of the Queen in 'The Majority of Louis XIII' in the Louvre (Rosenberg 258).

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1622 (made)


Rubens, born 1577 - died 1640 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Black and red chalk

Marks and inscriptions

Monsu Bernardo discepo di Rambrand dubito che fusse David Bex Suedese da il Gondonleve [?] & Christina Regina di Suetia. Monsu Maleville [?] lo chiamo [?] di Rubbens & Maria de Medici in Parigi.


Height: 237 mm, Width: 320 mm

Object history note

Note: In the collection of Lord Somers, ca. 1700. Monsu Bernardo mentioned in the inscription was Bernhard Keil (1624-1687), while David Bex refers to the Dutch artist David Beck (1621-1656), who in 1647 was appointed court painter to Queen Christina and in 1653 was working in Rome under the pseudonym Gulden Szepter. See F. Lugt Notes sur Rubens in La Gazette des Beaux Arts, vol XII, 1925, pp. 179-202, and Gluck and Haberditzl, catalogue no. and plate 151, where the date of the drawing is given as 1622. See Rowlans No. 153 (p.112)

Descriptive line

Drawing in black and red chalk; Portrait of Marie de Medici - a study for the head of the Queen in the "Majority of Louis XIII" in the Louvre; Peter Paul Rubens; ca. 1622

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jane Shoaf Turner and Christopher White, Catalogue of Dutch and Flemish Drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2014, vol.II, Cat.526

Exhibition History

Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640): The Drawings (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 01/01/2001-03/04/2005)
Peter Paul Rubens (1577 - 1640): The Drawings (Albertina, Vienna 05/12/2004-31/12/2009)

Subjects depicted

Marie de Medici (Queen of France)



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