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Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois

Diane de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois (1499)   Reference library

The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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... de Poitiers, Duchesse de Valentinois ( b Poitiers , 1499 ; d Anet, Eure-et-Loir , 1566 ). French noblewoman and patron. She was the daughter of Jean de Poitiers, Comte de Saint-Vallier, and married Louis de Brézé, Grand Seneschal of Normandy ( d 1531 ), subsequent- ly becoming a Lady in Waiting. In 1536 she became the mistress of the Dauphin (the future Henry II), and they, together with the Constable of France, Anne de Montmorency, became for a time the centre of opposition to Francis I; this was the cause of Diane's temporary disgrace ( 1541–3 )....

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... de Poitiers, duchesse de Valentinois ( 1499–1566 ) Mistress of Henry II of France . She came to court during the reign of Francis I ( 1515–47 ) and Prince Henry, 20 years her junior, fell passionately in love with her. On his accession she became queen in all but name displacing Henry’s wife, Catherine de Medici. A beautiful and cultured woman, she was friend and patron of poets and artists. She played little part in politics, contenting herself with augmenting her income and providing for her family. On Henry’s death ( 1559 ) Catherine forced her to...

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 (1499–1566) French royal mistressduring Henri II’s reign (1547–59), daughter of the comte de Saint-Vallier, himself a bibliophile. Her library remained with the Vendôme family at Anet until it was ...
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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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...de L’orme was born in Lyon, and his earliest surviving work there, the gallery ( 1535 ) of the Hôtel Bulliod, executed after his return from three years in humanist circles in Rome, admirably combines a scrupulously observed Ionic order and virtuoso masonry. Cardinal Jean Du Bellay ( 1492–1560 ), prominent among the French in Rome, brought de L’Orme to Paris c. 1540 to design a château at Saint-Maur-les-Fossés (begun c. 1541 ), Val-de-Marne. De L’Orme became principal architect to the Dauphin (later Henry II) and his mistress Diane de Poitiers from ...

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