catherine de medici comes from a long line of big shots in history. her family is most famous for bringing humanist ideals and art to florence in the italian renaissance. aside from their obvious love of the arts, they were also an exceedingly wealthy and powerful group that controlled almost all aspects of florentine life. despite her illustrious past, catherine is also famous for being one of the original wicked queens, as evidenced by her involvement in the st. bartholomew’s day massacre. for however wicked her actions may have been, she was also a patron of the arts. under her reign she brought the ideas of her family to france and sponsored artists all over the country. she spent endless sums on projects to leave behind an enduring legacy. were she around today, you can bet she’d be sporting the finer things in life and walking with the swagger of a sophisticated italian power art broker.
1: dress by alberta feretti, shoes by fendi
2: blouse, necklace and bag by oscar de la renta, pants by vivienne westwood, shoes by prada
3: dress by badgley mischka, shoes by salvatore ferragamo