The education of Marie de' Medicis: Minerva, Mercury and the Graces teach her the fine and liberal arts. Engraving by A. Loir, ca. 1708, after J.M. Nattier after P.P. Rubens.
- Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640
- Part of
- La gallerie du Palais du Luxembourg.
About this work
The setting is a subterranean grotto into which water flows down from the Castalian spring (representing flowing lines of poetry). Marie de Médicis is shown as a girl at the feet of Minerva who teaches her the basic elements of knowledge. Hermes teaches her eloquence, while Harmony and the Graces teach her the polite arts. In the foreground are paint-brushes representing painting; sculptor's instruments and sculptures representing sculpture in stone and in metal; and a string instrument representing music
In reverse to the painting by Rubens in the Louvre: in this print, therefore, Marie de' Medicis writes with her left hand, Mercury applies his caduceus to her in his left hand, the musician representing Harmony plays the viola with the bow in his left hand, and one of the Graces offers Marie a wreath in her left hand
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