Above: The Peter Paul Rubens room, with 24 of his paintings created in 1621-1624 on commission by Marie de' Medici, Queen of France, married to King Henry II
Picture 1, The Rialto Bridge, by Canaletto|
Picture 2, The Lecture, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Picture 3, the Peter Paul Rubens room
Picture 4, closeup from the The Marriage of Henry II and Marie de' Medici, by Peter Paul Rubens, where the participants do not look happy
Picture 5, Portrait of Gabrielle d'Estrées and Duchess of Villars from an unknown artist from the School of Fontainebleau in the 1600's. The
pinched is Gabrielle d'Estrees, mistress of King Henry IV, being pinched by her sister. The pinching represents that Gabrielle is with child.
Because Gabrielle is holding one of Henry's rings, the child is said to be his. The maid at the back is preparing for the child and the
painting on the mantle is supposed to represent fertility.
Picture 6 and 7 are in the Greek and Roman scupture rooms
Picture 8, Psyche and Cupid, by the excellent sculptor Antonio Canova
Picture 9, up the escalator and leaving the Louvre