Portrait of Princesse de Broglie

Portrait of Princesse de Broglie is an oil painting produced in 1853 by French painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

Princesse de Broglie represents Pauline Eleonore de Broglie, Viscountess Haussonville's beautiful sister of which the artist had painted in this portrait.

Josephine was wearing light blue evening dress made of silk which was very reminiscent in the mid eighteenth century. The broad v-neckline and armscyes in the painting were trimmed with box pleated strips of taffeta giving it a eighteenth century touch. Her short sleeves might be puffed, trimmed with blue silk ribbons and each of them was covered with a wide lace over sleeve. Eighteenth century women usually wear the lace which resembles the engage ante worn. This period was fascinated from the mid towards the late eighteenth century and in part for the aesthetic.

The work can be viewed at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Artist: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Medium: Oil on Canvas
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Portrait of Princesse de Broglie is an oil painting produced in 1853 by French painter Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres.

It was likely that Josephine was wearing a cage crinoline due to the extreme spring of the skirt from her waist. The cage was beginning to be worn at that point of time by the very fashionable Josephine and as a French princess one would expect her to be at the forefront of fashion. She also wore a corset and a chemise which allows it to be worn off the shoulders as it has a very wide neckline.

Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres was one of the greatest neo classical French artist, excellences in this field painted Portrait of Princesse de Broglie masterpiece toward the end of his life. Pauline de Broglie sat before Ingres for the artist’s final commission. Ingres closely captures the shy reserve nature of his subject while illuminating her many fine attributes and qualities through seamless brushwork and with the use of the finest material quality.

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