Pierre Albert Roberti (Brussels 13/07/1811 - Louvain 18/12/1864)
Queen Blanche of Castile, regent of the kingdom, during Louis IX's absence,
An original oil on canvas, signed and dated: Albert Roberti. 1847.
Dimensions : 280 x 155 cm
- Paris, 1847, Salon des beaux-Arts (n°1384)
- Brussels, 1848, Exposition nationale des Beaux-Arts (n°767)
Born in Brussels, the artist trained with the Belgian capital's leading painter, François-Joseph Navez. The latter had received painting lessons from Jacques-Louis David in Paris, then during his exile in Brussels.
Our painting dates from Albert Roberti's Parisian period. It depicts Queen Blanche of Castile, mother of King Saint Louis, a powerful female figure of the late 12th and early 13th centuries, whose life inspired many artists. More specifically, the episode of the liberation of the serfs of the Notre-Dame chapter, featuring the queen's compassion, caught his attention, as it did that of François-Marius Granet (1801).
- Musée de la ville de Bruxelles - Maison du Roi
- The collections of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Brussels
- The House of Representatives of the City of Brussels
- Mons Museum of Fine Arts
- Saint-Etienne and Saint-Théodoric Church, Vichte
- Saint-Barthélemy Church, Bousval
- Church of Notre-Dame du Finistère, Brussels
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