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Thursday, April 18, 2013

THEMED PAINTINGS - French Queens and Empresses


As all monarchs of France have been required by law to be male, there has never been a queen or empress regnant of France. Many French consorts acted as regents for their husbands or children.
Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, Mabuse 1479-1541
Eleonora Queen of France, Cleve Joos Van 1485-1540
Elisabeth of Austria Queen of France, Paiting by François Clouet, ca. 1571
Catherine de Medici painted by Francois Clouet, 1555

Marguerite de Valois 1553 - 1615, Francois Clouet 
Scene in the bedroom of Marguerite de Valois during the night of Saint Bartholomew, Musee du Louvre, Paris. Alexandre Evariste Fragonard 
Maria de'Medici as Regent of France aged 38 in 1611, Frans Pourbus Jnr - Uffizi, Florence
Chicago art inst pourbus Marie de Medici, Frans Pourbus 1616
Portrait of Anne of Austria. Copy after a lost original painted c. 1620-1625. Peter Paul Rubens
Marie Leszczyńska  Queen of France, Reading the Bible 1703–1768
Marie Therese Charlotte de France, Duchesse d'Angouleme  1778-1851, Alexandre-François Caminade
Marie-Therese Charlotte with her mother, Marie Antoinette, and brother Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France, in the Petit Trianon's gardens, by Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller, 1785
Marie Antoinette,  Gaultier Dagoty
Marie Antoinette Young Martin van Meytens
Portrait of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, 1775. Artist may be Gautier Dagoty.
Marie Antoinette of Austria, Queen of France, 1755-1793.  Louise Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun
Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily sometimes known as Maria Amalia of the Two Sicilies was a Princess of Naples and Sicily and later the Queen of the French from 1830–1848, consort to Louis Philippe I,  Louis Hersent
Queen Maria Amalia of the French, with her children Henry of Orleans, Duke of Aumale and Antoine of Orleans, Duke of Montpensier by Louis Hersent
Maria-Amalia of the Two Sicilies-Queen of France by Louis Hersent
Marie-Louise of Austria, Empress of French, c 1810
Portrait of Empress Marie Louise. François Pascal Simon, Baron Gerard
Empress Marie Louise France Consort to Napoleon
Portrait of the Empress Josephine, François Gerard
 Empress Josefine - François Pascal Simon, Baron Gerard
Josephine kneels before Napoleon during his coronation at Notre Dame. Detail from the oil painting by David and Rouget
The empress' official portrait, Franz Xaver Winterhalter
Empress Eugenie - known as Eugenie de Montijo, was the last Empress consort of the French from 1853 to 1871 as the wife of Napoleon III, Emperor of the French.
The Empress Eugenie Surrounded by her Ladies in Waiting, Franz Xaver Winterhalter 1855

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