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A Lady in her Bath (Diane de Poitiers?)
Workshop of Clouet, François
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Workshop of Clouet, François

Tours (France), 1516 - Paris (France), 1572

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A Lady in her Bath (Diane de Poitiers?)

Ca. 1566. Oil on oak panel.
Room 052B

The painting reproduces an original by Clouet (Washington, National Gallery of Art). Shrouded in an atmosphere that is partly indebted to Leonardo’s sfumato (the softening of contours), the lady shown is possibly Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Henry II of France. The visual narrative is enriched by various symbols, with the boy, the infant and the fruit referring to fertility, and the carnation to love.

Technical data

Inventory number
Workshop of Clouet, François
A Lady in her Bath (Diane de Poitiers?)
Ca. 1566
Oak panel
Height: 92.4 cm; Width: 70 cm; Base/bottom: 1.6 cm
Castle of Chenonceaux (France), until 1888; acquired by Manuel Ortiz de Zevallos, 19th century; private collection (Madrid); acquired by the Prado Museum with funds from the bequest of Carmen Sánchez García, 2017

Bibliography +

Sotheby's, London, lote 45, 1982-15 de diciembre.

Jollet, Etienne, Jean & François Clouet, Lagune, 1997, pp. 259-265.

Scharl, C.M, François Clouet und das frauenportrait au bain, Universitat Wien, Viena, 2008, pp. 52-53.

Hand, J.O, 'A lafy in her bath' En:, French paintings of the fifteenth through the eighteenth century, National Gallery of Art ; Princeton,, 2009, pp. O.R.

Falomir, M., "Mujer en el baño, siglo XVI", en Memoria de actividades 2017 Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2018, pp. 34-35.

Falomir, M, 'Taller de François Clouet. Mujer en le baño (Diana de Poitiers?)' En:, Museo Nacional del Prado,, Madrid, 2021, pp. 37-41 nº3.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2951.

Exhibitions +

The Carmen Sánchez Bequest. The Ultimate Lesson
23.03.2021 - 24.10.2021

Location +

Room 052B (On Display)


Displayed objects +

Fruitbowl / Fruit Arrangement


Update date: 25-04-2022 | Registry created on 30-04-2019

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