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PORTRAIT OF THE DUCHESS OF PARMA AND HER DAUGHTER ISABELLE

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PORTRAIT OF THE DUCHESS OF PARMA AND HER DAUGHTER ISABELLE

Made by: Jean-Marc Nattier

On view in: French Drawing Room


About this object

Jean-Marc Nattier succeeded as a fashionable portrait painter by naturally posing his sitters within a formal baroque composition. These skills helped the artist to obtain several commissions for portraits of Louis XV and his family. Nattier painted this portrait of the eldest daughter of Louis XV and her daughter while the duchess visited her father at Fontainebleau so he could meet young Isabelle. The duchess, née Louise Elizabeth, married the Infante Felipe, a Spanish Bourbon. Known until then as Madame Infante, in 1748 she persuaded her father to make her husband the Duke of Parma.

The double portrait is of the eldest daughter of Louis XV, Duchess of Parma and her young daughter Isabelle. They are shown in three-quarters length seated in a formal garden with a tree at the right and a terrace, balustrade and formal garden at the left. The duchess is dressed in a gray dress held at the waist with a girdle of pearls with a blue satin cloak draped around her. She has flowers in her powdered hair and holds a flower in her left hand and extends a lily to her daughter with her right hand. Isabelle is dressed also in gray with flowers in her powdered hair and holds a violet cloak with flowers lying in it.

Category:
paintings
Object name:
PORTRAIT OF THE DUCHESS OF PARMA AND HER DAUGHTER ISABELLE
Made from:
Oil on canvas
Made in:
FRANCE: Paris
Date made:
1750
Size:
133.4 × 106 cm (52 1/2 × 41 3/4 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
51.4
Class:
PAINTING
Signature marks:
SIGNATURE; DATE Nattier Pinxit 1750 lower right
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"