Friday, September 13, 2013

A portrait of the duchesse d'Angoulême crowned with lilies

image:  (C) Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Martine Beck-Coppola

A portrait of Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte de France, duchesse d'Angoulême by an unknown 19th century artist. This particular miniature seems to strongly emphasis the duchesse's Bourbon heritage: among the royal nods in the painting are a royal blue ermine cloak draped around her shoulders and the delicate crown of lilies, a symbol strongly associated with the Bourbon royal family, which adorns her head. The date on this miniature is unknown...  perhaps it was painted to celebrate the beginning of the Bourbon Restoration.

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