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The exchange of two queens: Elizabeth of France passes to Spain to become consort to the Prince of the Asturias (later King Philip IV), while Anne of Austria goes to France to become consort to King Louis XIII. Engraving by B. Audran the elder after J.M. Nattier after P.P. Rubens.

  • Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640
Reference:
2853470i
Part of:
La gallerie du Palais du Luxembourg.
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About this work

Description

Left, France holds Anne by the arm and stretches out his right hand towards Elizabeth. Right, Spain embraces Anne and pushes Elizabeth towards her: the two queens hold hands. Above, Felicity surrounded by angels pours tongues of fire on the princesses from a cornucopia. At foot, a river god watches while a Triton blows his conch and a nereid offers pearls and coral

Elizabeth (subsequently Isabella) was aged thirteen and Anne fourteen

Publication/Creation

Se vend à Paris ( rue St. Jacques audessus de la rue des Mathurins) : chez le S.r Duchange graveur du Roy.

Physical description

1 print : line engraving with etching ; image 44.7 x 33.7 cm

Lettering

L'échange des deux reines. La scene de cette ceremonie est sur le fleuve d'Andaye aux confins des deux royaumes. Isabelle de Bourbon passe en Espagne pour estre épouse de Philippe IV. Et Anne d'Autriche vient en France pour Louis XIII. Ces deux princesses paroissent sur un pont de bateaux richement ornés. On y voit la France d'un côté et l'Espagne de l'autre qui donnent et recoivent les nouvelles reines, pendant que la Felicité répand les tresors du ciel, et que le fleuve du lieu, un Triton et une nymphe marine presente.t les richesses des eaux. Rubens pinxit ; I.M. Nattier delineavit ; Ben. Audran sculpsit. . Avec privilege du Roy

Time and place note

25 November 1615, on an island in the Bidasoa river between France and Spain

Reference

Wellcome Library no. 2853470i

Languages

  • French


Where to find it

  • impression without imprint

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