I must confess that I have been putting off writing the latest installment of the Marie de’ Medici story. The next couple of paintings just have not inspired me that much. However, there are still more spectacular multi-story displays of hubris to come, so we will go through these two quickly to get to the gods and power-grabbing. If you are new here or interested in catching up, there are links to the ongoing Medici Cycle series above.
First up: "The Birth of the Dauphin at Fontainebleau."
Here we see Marie just after giving birth to Louis XIII. First we might note that the woman who just popped out a baby is wearing way more clothes than most of the people in the birthing chamber. Evidently childbirth is much easier and neater when done on a throne.
She has handed over her precious newborn to the person you most want to have holding a child: a mostly naked man wrapped with a snake. Well, it’s either a snake, or the baby has one freakish umbilical cord.
Then we flash forward several years, to “The Consignment of the Regency.”
Here dear Henry hands over charge of his empire to Marie. Unfortunately she realizes that it is just a ball and not an actual empire, so he has to go off to war to get her one.
This is pretty low-key for this series. Apparently it was originally envisioned as a much more awesome painting with snakes and (probably) naked ladies, but it was all toned down to paint (ha ha) Marie in a positive light, which was a bit tricky due to circumstances that arise a bit later…
TO BE CONTINUED.WITH MORE NUDITY AND SNAKES.