Dear readers, this week we turn again to the ongoing Medici Cycle saga. And this one is a doozy. Last time, after like nine other paintings, Marie was finally coronated as the Queen of France. There were angels and it rained gold coins and everything. Marie was crowned on 13 May, 1610.
Then, her husband, Henry, was tragically assassinated. This happened…on 14 May, 1610.
TOTALLY A COINCIDENCE. And Marie was of course quite reluctant to take full control of the regency. Sorry, did I say reluctant? I meant that she took it up the same day her husband was murdered. Out of a sense of duty to the country, I am sure.
This painting is called the “Death of Henry IV and the Proclamation of the Regency.” And it is the best representation of an assassination, ever.
Henry is spirited away to the skies, looking understandably concerned at being dragged bodily by two men clothed only in sheets while being harassed by an eagle armed with lightning bolts.
Back on earth, there is an effort to keep him in the mortal realm. Not by his wife, of course, but rather by a fire-breathing snake grabbing his ankle.
His wife is already seated on the throne beneath a triumphal arch, “reluctantly” receiving the orb of power from France, whose bosom is dangling all over the place, because it is France.
Meanwhile, Marie has suddenly become a very eligible bachelorette, judging by the throngs of drooling men suddenly clawing at her throne.
Somehow it seems the menfolk weren’t coming a-knocking in quite such numbers BEFORE she was Queen of France, but I am sure this is entirely related to her womanly charms. Although I would recommend that they all should take a close look at her dead hubby’s obituary in relation to her coronation before getting too amorous.
As a final note, what is going on with this guy??