François I de Valois-Orléans-Angulema


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In this painting, the king, Francis I (1515-1547), wears Minerva's helmet, Mars's armor, Mercury's winged sandals
and his staff, Diana's hunting horn, and Cupid's bow and quiver; and a Medusa's head adorns his breastplate.

This elevation of the monarch into a superman with the attributes of the Olympic gods was typical
of royal iconography in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries