Agnès Sorel was the first official favorite of a king of France and still remains one of the most emblematic women of the late Middle Ages. She left her mark on the royal castle of Loches.
This picture used to adorn the tomb in Melun of the man who ordered it, Etienne Chevalier, before being transferred to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Here, Fouquet depicts the Virgin Mary with the features of Agnès Sorel. The Virgin’s complexion is extremely pale. She sits surrounded by red and blue angels (cherubim and seraphim), facing the viewer against an abstract blue background.
A century after her disappearance, the royal favorite still captivates artists and portraitists who pay homage to the superb complexion of the “Lady of Beauty”, whose whiteness contrasts with the black of her gown.
In this oil on canvas, the young mother has given way to a great, elegant and cultured lady who, instead of a child, holds an open book in her hand, a sign of her fine wit and taste for learning.
Conception : Cité Royale de Loches / Conseil départemental d'Indre-et-Loire
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