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Medici Gallery

Feb - 20 - 2013
Medici Gallery

Medici Gallery

Marie de Medici Gallery, Louvre Museum
In the early 1620s, Marie de Médicis, widow of Henry IV of France and mother of the future king Louis XIII, was to commission the Flemish painter Peter-Paul Rubens to paint a series of paintings to decorate two galleries on the first floor of the Palais du Luxembourg, a building now occupied by the Senate.
The west gallery was finished in 1625 and consists of a narrative cycle which retraces the story of Marie herself. The east gallery was supposed to show the battles and triumphs of Henry IV, however it was never finished.
Since 1815 the 24 paintings have been kept at the Louvre.

Medici Gallery, Flanders
Richelieu wing – 2nd floor – Room 18 – Rubens: the Galerie Médicis

The twenty-four monumental canvases displayed here were originally housed in the Luxembourg palace, home of the Italian-born French queen Marie de Médicis. Painted by Rubens between 1622 and 1625, they depict episodes from the queen’s life, magnified by the presence of gods from ancient mythology.

Practical information

    • Address
    • The Louvre Museum
    • 99, rue de Rivoli
    • 75001 Paris
    • Metro/RER
    • Metro: Palais-Royal – Musée du Louvre
    • 8 mins on foot from the station
    • Times and Prices
    • All year long :
    • – Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00
    • – Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 to 21:45
    • – On first Sunday of the month from 09:00 to 18:00
    • – Special Fees :
    • – – Free
    • Admission prices :
    • – Full price : 11 €
    • – Up to 17 years : Free
    • – Unemployed : Free
    • Closed on 1 January

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