Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Anne's family

As I was walking through the Louvre, I saw a painting of a child that looked very familiar: it was Charles Orland, the son of Anne and Charles VIII, the much-beloved Dauphin, who died in 1495 at the age of three. The artist was Jean Hey. 

Most of the representations were formalized portraits, except for one large oil from the Musee de Beaux Arts de Lyon, painted by Francesco Bassano. Both of Anne's husbands sought to win Italy, and were often at war. This is described as "Charles VIII receiving the crown of Naples in Battle." However, the text says that he did not gain Naples by combat; which reinforces my decision that there is so much lack of clarity that I can only tell this story as a novel. 

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