Sunday, March 13, 2011

Marie de' Medici

The Embarkation of Maria de Medici at Livorno by Domenico Cresti
“The Embarkation of Maria de' Medici at Livorno” (modello)
Oil on canvas by Domenico Cresti, called Passignano (1559-1638)
France, private collection

Marie de' Medici (26 April 1575 – 3 July 1642) was queen consort of France, as the second wife of King Henry IV of France, of the Bourbon branch of the kings of France. Following his assassination in 1610, which occurred the day after her coronation, she acted as regent for her son King Louis XIII of France, until he came of age. (Wikipedia)Bastione Ampolletta e Molo del Soccorso, Fortezza Vecchia, LivornoOn Monday 17 October 1600, Maria de' Medici sailed to Marseille on the French admiral galley La Réale”, leaving from this jetty of the “Fortezza Vecchia”.

See also: Molo del Soccorso

17 comments:

cieldequimper said...

Marie de Médicis. And Catherine de Médicis. Both strong women.

Naturally, I didn't know she sailed from Livorno. I wonder what went through her mind on that day.

Leif Hagen said...

My neighbor lady at my office is named Candace Medici.... I wonder if her husband is related to THEE Medicis?! I don't think so - maybe 15th cousins once removed?

ρομπερτ said...

Thank you for this lesson of history.

Please have a good Sunday.

daily athens

Gunn said...

Interesting and very nice!
Beautiful colors.
A feel of spring where you are?

Farmchick said...

I always enjoy the history of your region. Great to see the structure in the painting.

Randy said...

Great shots with a very interesting post!

Theanne and Baron said...

Ciao! Fascinating history and interesting to see how the place of embarcation looks today .

Jack said...

I attended some lectures about France this month and Marie de Medici played a central role. This part of Livorno hasn't changed much over the last five hundred years, has it?

Luis Gomez said...

This is wonderful. Thank you VP.

Dina said...

What a sad thing to happen the day after her coronation.

What an interesting ship. Are those oars?!

Cezar and Léia said...

wow impressive to see the painting and the real place there, history is fascinating, isn't it?
Happy Sunday dear friend,
Léia

joo said...

Interesting story and beautiful post!
have a nice Sunday:)

Birdman said...

A bit o' history is always a good thing on a lazy Sunday AM.

Small City Scenes said...

Fascinating history. Our history is modern day compared to yours. I find it interesting---nothing like I learned in school. MB

Arianna said...

Chissà se un giorno visiterò queste meraviglie...ciao, Arianna!

Traveling Hawk said...

What a strong fortress even today!

JM said...

This is a variation of your 'before and after' posts. Wonderful.