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Wertmüller, a painter of Swedish origin, received the commission for a full-length portrait of Marie-Antoinette and her children, which was shown at the Salon in 1785 but was not well received by the critics. In 1788, he took the Queen’s face to make a small head and shoulder portrait. With a hint of a smile, and with her face turned towards the viewer and the head thrown slightly back, Marie-Antoinette is shown in a dynamic and natural pose.

Full title : Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France (1755-1793)

Details

  • Title: Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France
  • Creator: Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller
  • Creator Birth Date: 1751
  • Creator Death Date: 1811
  • Date Created: 1788
  • Location Created: Palace of Versailles, France
  • Physical Dimensions: 65,5 x 54,4 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © RMN-Grand Palais (Château de Versailles) / Gérard Blot
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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