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Henri IV, King of France, and Marie de Médicis, with the Dauphin
  • Guillaume Dupré (c. 1579 - 1640)
  • Henri IV, King of France, and Marie de Médicis, with the Dauphin
  • France
  • 1603
  • Medal
  • Gold and bronze
  • Diameter: 6.6 cm
  • Inscription: 'HENR ۰ IIII R ۰ CHRIST ۰ MARIA ۰ AVGVSTA ۰' 'Henry IV, most Christian King, Maria, Empress'
    Signature: 'G ۰ DVPRE ۰ F'
    Inscription: '1603'
    Inscription: 'PROPAGO ۰ IMPERI ۰' 'The imperial line'
    Inscription: '1603'
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  • Guillaume Dupré was also a sculptor, but his reputation rests mainly on his work as a medallist. He made many portrait medals of Henri IV (1553-1610), the first Bourbon King of France, and his wife Marie de Médicis (1573-1642). On the reverse of the medal the king and queen are shown as Mars and Minerva, standing with hands joined and the infant dauphin (the future Louis XIII) as Cupid between them, an eagle descending from the skies with a crown in its beak. It was Henri IV who finally brought peace to France after decades of bitter civil war. Countless images celebrating his qualities and achievements were produced in many media.