Diane de Poitiers 1499-1566 - Francesco Primaticcio, Mistress to Henri II of…

Diane de Poitiers 1499-1566 - Francesco Primaticcio, Mistress to Henri II of…

Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.

Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier. She became notorious as the Henry II of France's favourite. Diane de Poitiers would remain Henry's lifelong companion. Henry entrusted Diane with the Crown Jewels of France, had the Château d'Anet built for her, and gave her the Château de Chenonceau. Many of Henry's official letters were signed HenriDiane.

DIANE DE POITIERS 1571 mistress of Henri II / by CLOUET François - French (Tours circa 1515-1572 Paris)

DIANE DE POITIERS 1571 mistress of Henri II / by CLOUET François - French (Tours circa 1515-1572 Paris)

Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois (1499-1566), school of Clouet, after 1547

Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois (1499-1566), school of Clouet, after 1547

A design of three interlaced crescent moons, similar to the Borromean rings, can be seen at the Palace of Fontainebleau. Sometimes the points of each moon meet, completing the rings. The motif was designed by the architect Philibert de l'Orme, and is based on the moon emblem used by Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), mistress of King Henry II of France. There may be also an Italian influence since the Queen of France was Caterina II de Medici.

A design of three interlaced crescent moons, similar to the Borromean rings, can be seen at the Palace of Fontainebleau. Sometimes the points of each moon meet, completing the rings. The motif was designed by the architect Philibert de l'Orme, and is based on the moon emblem used by Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), mistress of King Henry II of France. There may be also an Italian influence since the Queen of France was Caterina II de Medici.

Mistress to French King Henri II    http://cmhypno.hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Royal-Mistresses-Diane-de-Poitiers

Diane de Poitiers - Famous Royal Mistress

Mistress to French King Henri II http://cmhypno.hubpages.com/hub/Famous-Royal-Mistresses-Diane-de-Poitiers

1550 Diane de Poitiers after François Clouet.    Her headdress in this and the next image is unusual and not really a French hood. The object she holds could be a lens.             Catherine was a widow when she became involved with Henri II, demonstrated by the black and white dress and hood worn in this portrait.

1550 Diane de Poitiers after François Clouet. Her headdress in this and the next image is unusual and not really a French hood. The object she holds could be a lens. Catherine was a widow when she became involved with Henri II, demonstrated by the black and white dress and hood worn in this portrait.

Diane de Poitiers. 26 avril 1566 : mort de Diane de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois, favorite de Henri II. Histoire de France. Patrimoine. Magazine

Diane de Poitiers. 26 avril 1566 : mort de Diane de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois, favorite de Henri II. Histoire de France. Patrimoine. Magazine

Diane de Poitiers 1500-69 Mistress of HenryII who was married to Catherine De Medici

Diane de Poitiers 1500-69 Mistress of HenryII who was married to Catherine De Medici

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