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Jean Rene Gauguin

Valentine de Milan The Duchess of Orleans statue

Valentine de Milan The Duchess of Orleans statue

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This statue of the Duchess of Orleans, is part of the series of marble statues called the Reines de France and Femmes Illustres, which translates in English to the Queens of France and Famous Women, and these were chosen by King Louis Philippe I to adorn the Luxembourg Gardens. This particular marble statue was commissioned by the Interior Minister on the 16th January 1843 for the sum of 12,000 French Francs and the artist chosen to produce this was Jean Pierre Victor Huguenin, who was born in February 1802 and studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts to become a French sculptor.The marble statue of Valentine de Milan, Duchess of Orleans, stands at a height of 2.4 metres, not including the stone base and completed in 1846 this was presented at the Paris Salon for French artists in the same year, before being placed in the Jardin du Luxembourg. The plaque on the base of the statue, although stating her name is Valentine de Milan, referring to where she was born, she was actually called Valentina Visconti, the Sovereign Countess of Vertus, and later Duchess d'Orleans. Also you can see here her year of birth being 1370, yet some sources state 1371, as the exact date is unknown, yet she passed away in December 1408 at Blois in France.

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