Francois Clouet and Jean Clouet
Jean Clouet, Portrait of Marguerite d'Angoulême, c. 1530
Francis I (French: François Ier) (Born 12 September 1494 – Died 31 March 1547) was King of France from 1515 until his death. During his reign, huge cultural changes took place in France and he has been called France's original Renaissance monarch. A great personal rivalry existed between Francis and Henry VIII.
Francis I of France - Painting by Jean Clouet
Anne de Pisseleu d'Heilly (1508 – 1580), Duchess of Étampes, was the mistress of Francis I of France. After the death of Queen Claude in 1524 she wielded considerable political power at court. She was once described as " "the most beautiful among the learned and the most learned among the beautiful." After the Death of Francis she was dismissed from court by the new king, Henry II's mistress, Diane de Poitiers.
Anne de Pisseleu by Clouet, 1557
1570 Jeanne d'Albret by François Clouet (Musée Condé, Chantilly France) She was Queen-regnant of Navarre, a basque region facing the Atlantic straddling the current Franco-Spanish border. She married Antoine de Bourbon and her son Henri (IV) became King of France and founded the Bourbon dynasty.
Mary Queen of Scots by François Clouet, 1559-60 France, Royal Collection White mourning was the deepest form of mourning in medieval times and in later years among the queens of France. In the portrait, Mary Queen of Scots (who was once queen consort of France) wears white to mourn the death of King Francis II.