I found this statue to be the most discolored and in need of repair within the group of 20 depicting French queens and famous women that stands in the Luxembourg Gardens. I also found it to be the most fitting statue in the collection. That's because Marie de Medicis (1575-1642) was not only the Queen of France via her marriage to King Henri IV but she also had the gardens laid out and the Luxembourg Palace built in the 1600s. She also acted as a regent for their son, King Louis XIII, after her husband was assassinated.
Created by Louis Denis Caillouette in 1847, the white-marble statue stands on a stone pedestal. Marie appears in an elegant long dress with a huge ruffled collar. She holds a scepter in her slightly raised left hand, which is missing some fingertips. The right arm hangs straight at her side.
Marie can be seen with the other 19 creations on a terrace above the gardens' big basin. This statue stands on the right side when facing the Luxembourg Palace.More