Last time on As the World Turns (Around Marie de’ Medici), her hubby Henry presented her with a disappointing representation of imperial domination in the form of a small orb. This time things get real, with her actual coronation to become Queen of France.
Besides my pop-cultural training that immediately makes me expect the cardinals in red to leap forward and shout, “NOBODY expects the Spanish inquisition!”, a few things are noteworthy in this painting.
First, apparently royal coronations were pet-friendly affairs. These dogs are practically on the dais, in position to jump and wee with joy on the new queen’s impressive blue train at a moment’s notice. I think they are hoping that someone will throw the Orb of Royal Power so they can fetch it.
Next, while most of the crowd is raptly watching the coronation proceedings, in the back there are a couple of guys who look about ready to start a brawl.
Maybe this was the early equivalent of sport hooliganism, and the supporters of opposing would-be regents are going to go at it?
Perhaps most striking, however, is the pair of angels that have entered the proceedings riding on weather patterns that are unusual for the typical indoor event. Furthermore, they are dumping gold over the crowd.
And almost NOBODY PAYS ATTENTION TO THIS.
Now, if this were meant to be a symbolic representation of divine sanction of the new queen, raining divine bounty upon her invisible to the masses, that would be one thing. But there are some people looking up and desperately scrabbling for the golden showers.