Diane de Poitiers, Madame de Valentinois
Date Made/Found: after 1547
Material and Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions: Frame: 466 x 370 x 20mm
Department: Visual Art
This portrait depicts Diane de Poitiers, Madame de Valentinois (1499 - 1566). She was the mistress of King Henri II of France for over twenty years. Diane was a trusted advisor to the King and influenced his decisions, which greatly annoyed his wife, Catherine de Medici. After Henri II died in 1559, the Queen demanded that Diane retire from court and return the Crown jewels that Henri had given her. Diane spent her last days at her chateau in Anet where she died in 1566.