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Joseph Ducreux

Portrait of Marie Antoinette

Portrait of Marie Antoinette, Joseph Ducreux
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64.8 cmPortrait of Marie Antoinette scale comparison49.5 cm
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Portrait of Marie Antoinette is an Academic Oil on Canvas Painting created by Joseph Ducreux in 1769. It lives at the Château de Versailles in France. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits. SourceDownload

This portrait’s full title is Archduchess Maria Antonia of Austria, the later Queen Marie Antoinette of France. The formality of the portrait is due to the fact that it was a royal teaser. In 1769, Joseph Ducreux traveled to Vienna to paint Maria Antonia, who was planned to marry Louis XVI of France. Ducreux’s portrait was the first glimpse Louis XVI had of his wife to be. The portrait was a success, and Ducreux was made a baron and premier peintre de la reine (First Painter to the Queen).

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