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Category:Architecture and Structures
Subcategory:Churches
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Keywords:Catherine de' Medici, France, French history, Henry II, Paris, Saint-Denis, funeral monument, tomb
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Dimensions1003 x 1500
Original file size277 KB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken6-Dec-09 17:25
Date modified19-Jan-17 08:07
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D200
Focal length17 mm
Exposure2s at f/5.6
ISO speedISO 100
Saint-Denis cathedral landmark of gothic architecture

Henry II and Catherine de' Medici

Funeral monument of king Henry II (1519-1559) and Catherine de' Medici (1519-1589). As was costumary in this era the royal couple are depicted both alive and as corpses. The monument was erected between 1560 and 1573 by Francesco Primaticcio, Ponce Jacquiot and Germain Pilon. It was built to be seen in the round, in the centre of a specially designed rotunda, now demolished.
For the petite histoire, king Henry II died in July 1559 after being wounded in a friendly tournament in Paris. A fragment of a splintered lance had accidentally entered his eye and eventually proved fatal for the king. He was 40 years old. Catherine de' Medici would survive him for 30 years.