La Gallerie du Palais Du Luxembourg Peinte Par Rubens, Dessinée par les Ss. Nattier, et gravée Par les plus Illustres Graveurs du Temps. Dediée Au Roy
RA Collection: Book
Each plate also carries the publisher's imprint - of either Duchange or Nattier.
The portrait of Rubens is signed as painted by Van Dyck, drawn by J.M. Nattier, engraved by J. Audran and published by G. Duchange.
The writing of the title plate and engraved Avertissement is signed as by Berey.
R.F. Millen and R.E. Wolf, Heroic deeds and mystic figures: a new reading of Rubens's Life of Marie de' Medici (1989); J. Thuillier, 'La Galerie de Marie de Médicis: peinture, poétique et politique', in Actes du Colloque Rubens, Florence, 1983, p. 249-66; J. Thuillier and J. Foucart, Rubens: la Galerie Médicis au palais du Luxembourg (1969); C. G. Voorhelm Schneevogt, Catalogue Des Estampes Gravées D'Après P. P. Rubens (1873).
Rubens's cycle of paintings of the life of Marie de' Medici was installed in her new Palais du Luxembourg in 1625, and, like the contemporary Italian work which she commissioned, had a lasting impact on painting and art theory in France.
This was Gaspard Duchange's biggest publishing enterprise. Drawings of the paintings were begun by Nattier about 1703. Though Nattier worked chiefly as a portrait painter, he was often commissioned as a preparatory draughtsman for reproductive engravings, e.g. for Crozat's Cabinet and prints of Le Brun's decorations of the Galerie of Versailles.
Name as Subject
Peter Paul Rubens
Musée National du Luxembourg (Paris)
Rulers - Publicizing - Publicity - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 18th century