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Portrait of Marguerite of Navarre

Title: Portrait of Marguerite of Navarre
Date: about 1527
Artist(s): Polet Clouet (born:unknown, died:unknown); French School (French, born:unknown, died:unknown); Jean Clouet (South Netherlandish, born:about 1485, died:between July 1540 and November 1541)
Materials: Oil; Panel
Information: This is thought to be a portrait of princess Marguerite of Angoulême, later Queen of Navarre, who was the sister of King Francis I of France. Clouet was court painter to Francis I.

This painting is full of symbols which may give clues to the painting's meaning. The sitter wears daisies in her hat. The French word for daisy is Marguerite. The parrot may symbolise eloquence and mean Marguerite was a good talker. The bird may also symbolise love, its green colour denoting passion.
Accession no: WAG 1308
Credit line: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Liverpool Royal Institution in 1948
Location: Walker Art Gallery, on display