Portrait of Empress Maria Theresia (1717-1780)

Martin van Meytensaround 1745/50

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg

Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Nuremberg, Germany

Maria Theresa, the daughter of Emperor Charles VI, was one of the most influential sovereigns of the Habsburg dynasty. No brothers having survived, after the death of her father she became Archduchess of Austria as well as Queen of Hungary and Bohemia. In 1736 she married the later Holy Roman emperor. On the console table to be seen in the painting lie her scepter, the Archducal crown of Austria, the Bohemian Electoral Cap, the crown of Hungary and the Habsburg imperial crown.


  • Title: Portrait of Empress Maria Theresia (1717-1780)
  • Creator: Martin van Meytens the Younger
  • Date Created: around 1745/50
  • Location: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, permanent exhibition "Renaissance, Baroque, Enlightenment"
  • Physical Dimensions: H 2,59 m x B 1,62 m
  • Provenance: Acquired by Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
  • Rights: Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg (Foto: GNM / Dirk Messberger)
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Art Movement: Baroque
  • Artist Dates: 1695 - 1770

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