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Adélaïde Labille-Guiard

Portrait of Madame Adelaide

Portrait of Madame Adelaide, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
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Portrait of Madame Adelaide is a Rococo Oil on Canvas Painting created by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard in 1787. It lives at the Château de Versailles in France. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits. SourceDownload

Meet Princess Marie Adélaïde, aunt of the French king Louis XVI. Marie Adélaïde recognized the power and dignity that Adélaïde Labille-Guiard brought to her portraiture, hiring her to paint the women of the French court for a pension of 1000 livres. Marie Adélaïde was 38 years old when she created this grand portrait of the princess, one of the largest and most ambitious of her career.

In just two short years, the French Revolution would violently dismantle the monarchy, leaving Marie Adélaïde a suspected royalist for her connections to the court. Perhaps she was a royalist, or maybe she was just a savvy businesswoman looking to make a living.

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