Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
On May 6th, 2022, Marianne Maddalena, was appointed a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by Julie Duhaut-Bedos, French Counsel General, at the Résidence de France, Beverly Hills
Insignia of a Chevalier
The Ministerial Order of Arts and Letters was created on May 2, 1957 (Decree No. 57-549 of May 2, 1957 establishing the Order of Arts and Letters). It reports to the Minister responsible for Culture, who decides on the appointments after reviewing the opinions issued by the Conseil de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
After the two national orders (the Order of the Legion of Honour and the National Order of Merit), it is one of the four ministerial orders - with the Order of Academic Palms (founded in 1808), the Order of Agricultural Merit (founded in 1883) and the Order of Maritime Merit (founded in 1930) - was maintained after the creation, in 1963, by General de Gaulle, of the National Order of Merit bringing together most of the ministerial orders.
The terms of the award, as defined by Order in Council, state that “this order is intended to reward those who have distinguished themselves by their creations in the artistic or literary field or by the contribution they have made to the influence of the arts and letters in France and in the world.”
The order consists of three ranks (Knight, Officer and Commander). To be appointed to the rank of knight, one must be at least thirty years old and enjoy one’s civil rights.
From the Ministére de la Culture: