The birth of King Louis XIII

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The birth of King Louis XIII. Engraving by B Audran the younger after J Nattier after PP Rubens. The queen Marie de' Medici is seated on a grand throne, the baby is in the arms of Health while Justice looks over him. Fecundity brings a cornucopia of fruit with the heads of the other children the queen will bear. The sun rides his chariot across the sky to indicate that Louis XIII was born n the morning and the calm figure of France surveys the whole scene. Childbirth. Maternal. Love. Angels. Fertility. Health. Justice. Horses. Trees. Dogs. Fruit. France – History – Henry IV (1589–1610). Marie de Médicis, Queen, consort of Henry IV, King of France (1573–1642). Louis XIII, King of France (1601–1643). Contributors: Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640); Jean-Marc Nattier (1685–1766); Benoit Audran (1698–1772). Work ID: g3x5brea.

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