Statue de Marie de Medicis, Paris

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The Medici Fountain is a monumental fountain in the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th arrondissement in Paris. It was built in about 1630 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France and regent of King Louis XIII of France. It was moved to its present location and extensively rebuilt in 1864-66.
The period between the regency of Catherine de' Medici in France (1559–1589) and that of Marie de' Medici (1610–1642) saw a great flourishing of the Italian mannerist style in France, A community of artists from Florence, including the sculptor Francesco Bordoni, who helped design the statue of King Henry IV of France built on the Pont Neuf, and fountain technician Thomas Francini, who had worked on fountains in the new gardens of the Medici villas in Florence and Rome, found eager royal patrons in France. Soon features of the Italian Renaissance garden, such as elaborate fountains and the grotto, a simulated cave decorated with sculpture, appeared in the first Gardens of the French Renaissance at Fontainebleau and other royal residences.
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  • I found this statue to be the most discolored and in need of repair within the group of 20 depicting French queens and famous women that stands in the Luxembourg Gardens. I also found it to be the mos...  more »
  • She becomes Queen of France and of Navarre from 1600 to 1610 by her marriage to Henri IV. She died in Cologne in 1642. This statue is the work of sculptor Louis-Denis Caillouette, died in 1868, who realize it in 1844. This sculpture is located around the basin of the Luxembourg Garden.
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  • My favorite spot in the Luxembourg garden. Go early if you want to get a chair by the fountain.
  • Spectacular photographic opportunity, especially in fall colors. Very tranquil scene.
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