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The Medici Cycle: Council of the Gods for the Spanish Marriage, 1621-25 (oil on canvas)

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The Medici Cycle: Council of the Gods for the Spanish Marriage, 1621-25 (oil on canvas)

XIR17700 The Medici Cycle: Council of the Gods for the Spanish Marriage, 1621-25 (oil on canvas) by Rubens, Peter Paul (1577-1640); 394x702 cm; Louvre, Paris, France; (add.info.: to illustrate the Queens role as divinely appointed ruler of France; Apollo with his bow chasing away her enemies; Conseil des Dieux pour les Mariages Espagnols; ); Flemish, out of copyright

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The Medici Cycle - Council of the Gods for the Spanish Marriage, 1621-25

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is a magnificent oil on canvas masterpiece by Peter Paul Rubens. This monumental artwork, measuring an impressive 394x702 cm, can be found in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting depicts a pivotal moment in history when Queen Marie de' Medici of France sought to solidify her political alliance with Spain through marriage. In this scene, we witness a divine council of gods gathered to ensure the success and prosperity of this union. The queen's role as a divinely appointed ruler is emphasized as she sits at the center, radiating power and grace. Rubens skillfully captures the drama and tension of this celestial gathering. Apollo, armed with his bow, stands ready to defend the queen against any potential threats or enemies that may arise from this alliance. His presence symbolizes protection and victory over adversity. This grand composition not only showcases Rubens' mastery of technique but also serves as a visual representation of political aspirations during that era. It highlights the importance placed on strategic marriages between powerful nations and how they were believed to be guided by higher forces. "The Medici Cycle: Council of the Gods for the Spanish Marriage" remains an awe-inspiring testament to Rubens' artistic genius and continues to captivate viewers with its intricate details and profound symbolism.

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