Jean-Marc Nattier was a favorite portraitist of King Louis XV of France. He held the lucrative position as the court painter for Queen Mary Lesczynski, the daughter of the exiled king of Poland. The portrait was long thought to be of Madame Henriette de France, one of the daughters of Louis XV and Queen Mary Lesczynski, but this identification is no longer accepted and the sitter remains unknown. There has been considerable confusion over the identity of many of Nattier's sitters, as they tend to conform to an idealized concept of female beauty.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Woman
  • Creator: Jean-Marc Nattier (French, 1685-1766)
  • Date Created: c. 1748
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 108 x 92.5 x 11 cm (42 1/2 x 36 7/16 x 4 5/16 in.); Unframed: 82 x 65 cm (32 5/16 x 25 9/16 in.)
  • Provenance: Possibly Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, Duc de Dino (Paris, France)., Possibly Frederick H. Allen (Pelham Manor, New York)., Duveen Brothers (New York, New York), sold to Commodore and Mrs. Louis Dudley Beaumont., Commodore and Mrs. Louis Dudley Beaumont (Cap d'Antibes, France)., Louis Dudley Beaumont Foundation, by gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1948.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1948.183
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of the Louis Dudley Beaumont Foundation
  • Collection: P - French 18th Century
  • Accession Number: 1948.183

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