Thursday, November 7, 2013

Portrait of Madame Adelaïde by Nattier

From Reading Treasure:
This portrait of Madame Adelaïde was completed in 1758. For this portrait, Adelaïde is depicted wearing a luxurious blue gown trimmed in fur, which was a favorite among the French royals. Like most royal women, she has been painted in a setting that reminds the viewer of her station as a daughter of the King. But it's the other details in this portrait that I find the most compelling. I think the inclusion of a musical instrument, sheet music and a small dog add a softer touch to the portrait that make it feel more personal and less symbolic. (Read more.)

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