The study of patronage is an integral part of the history of art. The patron uses the art as a vehicle for expression. The research discussed in this book will focus on the misinterpretations and tragedies of Marie de Medici. More specifically how gender affected contemporary viewers of the cycle and discuss the inconsistencies of the commission. Many of these unfortunate events and misinterpretations were a result of the tumultuous relationship with her son and future King.