Marguerite was the sister of King Francis I of France and the painting may be by his court artist Jean Clouet, who portrayed the King against a similar red patterned brocade background with a contrasting green draped ledge (Louvre, Paris). The cupid brooch worn by Marguerite on her hat and the prominently displayed ring suggest the portrait may have been painted to celebrate her marriage to the King of Navarre in 1527. The meaning of the parrot is uncertain. It could symbolise marital chastity, but it may also have a family significance; a similar parrot was included in an earlier portrait of her brother by Clouet. Other symbolic allusions may be found in the decorative golden knots on her headress which resemble daisies - marguerites in French.


  • Title: Portrait of Marguerite of Navarre
  • Creator: Jean Clouet (Attributed)
  • Date Created: About 1527
  • tag / style: Portraiture
  • Physical Dimensions: w514 x h598 cm (Without frame)
  • Artwork History: This painting was once owned by William Roscoe. Roscoe (1753-1831) was a successful Liverpool lawyer and Radical politician whose interests included history, poetry, botany, languages and art. Remarkably, he was, on the whole, a self-educated man. To find out more about Roscoe, please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/collectors/williamroscoe.asp
  • Additional artwork information: This painting was the subject of an ‘Artwork Highlight’ talk at the Walker Art Gallery in 2009. To read the notes from this talk please follow the link below:http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displaypicture.asp?venue=2&id=368
  • Type: Oil on oak panel
  • Rights: Presented by Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948

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