Bourbon Dynasty: Marie De Medici: The Scheming Idiot ( 1575-1642)
Marie de Medici
Wife of Henry IV she was referred to as “a fat Florentine banker” because of her Italian roots. She had a vile temper and was highly jealous. She also had a deluded notion that she was capable and destined to rule France. She spent her time scheming and plotting her way to power. After her husband was assassinated she became regent for her son, Louis XIII.
Louis XIII booted her out of France.
Note: As insensitive and ignorant as Marie de Medici was, she had the taste and vision to commission Rubens to paint an enormous allegorical chronicle of her life that is now housed in the Louvre. It is a perfect example of Marie de Medici propaganda, but glorious nonetheless.
Note on Lenticular: The Dodo bird was extinct in the 17th century due to the flightless bird’s inability to stop sailors from eating them. They are therefore represent things that are obsolete and foolish. The peacocks feathers show an attempt by the dodo to appear more accomplished and glamorous than it actually is.