Marguerite de France as Minerva

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Marguerite de France as Minerva

Jean de Court

Information about Marguerite de France as Minerva

  • Year created: 1555
  • Creator: Jean de Court
  • Country of Origin: Limoges, France
  • Dimensions: 20.9 cm x 15.9 cm
  • Gallery: Sixteenth Century Gallery

This intriguing painted enamel portrait of Marguerite de France as Minerva, the Classical goddess of war and wisdom, was made in Limoges, France, by Jean de Court, in 1555. Limoges enamels were renowned, attracting French court patronage. Marguerite, the daughter of King Fran├žois I, supported progressive contemporary writers, who described her as the new Minerva, a wise opponent of ignorance.

An image of an enamel plaque depicting Marguerite de France as Minerva
C589 framed, Marguerite de France as Minerva, Jean de Court
An image of an enamel plaque depicting Marguerite de France as Minerva
C589 unframed