On Display: Henrietta Maria

Henrietta Maria of France (1609-1669), queen consort of King Charles I, shared with her husband a flair for display and ceremony. This exquisitely illustrated book charts her influence on the art, fashion and design of the age. 

Several well-known portraits of the queen, painted by Sir Anthony van Dyck, hang in the RA's new exhibition Charles I: King and Collector. This is a must-read for anyone curious to know more about the queen behind the images.

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No. of Pages 372
No. of Illustrations Throughout
Dimensions 3 x 27.7 x 22.5cm
Fabric & material Hardback
SKU 02086648

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Henrietta Maria of France (1609-1669), embraced any chance for display and pageantry for display with enthusiasm and flair. This book charts Henrietta Maria's patronage and engagement with visual arts, architecture, and the luxury trade. What emerges is a powerful picture not just of the images, fashions, interiors, and buildings shaped by the queen's directorial influence but also of the political and religious factors that governed her choices and policies of court display. 

Her cultural patronage in particular emphasized her family honor, dynastic clout, Catholic piety, feminine virtue, and discerning taste. The great spectacle of the queen's refined image is analysed- not only through the well-known portraits by Van Dyck but also through her rich bed ensembles, tapestries, jewelry, clothing, and devotional goods; the objects that embodied and conveyed her royal power.

272 pages