Portrait of Marie de’ Medici ADEL YOUNESI
- Dimensions : 198 × 147 cm
- Year : 2016
- Medium : Oil
- Support : Canvas
- Editions : Unique work
Adel Younesi was inspired by a portrait of a young daughter of Marie de' Medici who was executed by Santi di Tito, and this portrait was conceived at Palais Strozzi, Florence. The real identity of this portrait is always controversial because the face is very long and doesn’t like the other representations of the young Marie de' Medici, a fleshy physique.
The butterflies represent the transformation of this young femme becoming a queen, wife of Henri IV. They can also remind us of inconstancy of life and brevity of personal power.
The monocle symbolise a symbole of Marie de' Medici’s royal rank, the power she hold leads her mouvement, with an ostentatious hostility. Without doubt, the inspiration of artist is searching for Marcel Proust ( a French novelist, and essayist best known for his monumental novel In Search of Lost Time), linking the monocle with butterflies in the Swann's Way.