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María Tomasa Álvarez de Toledo y Palafox
Liénard, Sophie
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Liénard, Sophie

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María Tomasa Álvarez de Toledo y Palafox

Ca. 1835. . Room A

The daughter of a French painter and miniaturist, Sophie Liénard gained a reputation in Paris as a painter on porcelain, and worked for manufacturers like Sèvres. During the July Monarchy (1830-48), she won the favour of the Orléans family, whose members she portrayed, as well as several of the leading political figures of that regime and the Second Empire (1848-52). Prominent members of the Spanish aristocracy posed for her in her rooms in the French capital, attracted by the elegant fashion of having their portrait painted on porcelain, a sophisticated technique that was not practised in Spain.

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Liénard, Sophie
María Tomasa Álvarez de Toledo y Palafox
Ca. 1835
Enamelled; Painting techniques
Alto con marco: 123 mm.; Ancho con marco: 103 mm.; Fondo con marco: 4.9 mm.; Alto (de luz): 122 mm.; Ancho (de luz): 94.9 mm.
Collection of Arturo Perera y Prats; heirs of Arturo Perera y Prats; acquisition, 1980.

Bibliography +

Espinosa Martín, Carmen, Las miniaturas en el Museo del Prado: catálogo razonado, Museo Nacional del Prado, 2011, pp. 100-101.

G.Navarro, Carlos, Invitadas. Fragmentos sobre mujeres, ideología y artes plásticas en España (1833-1931), Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2020, pp. 275 nº 67.

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Room A (Temporary Exhibition)

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Update date: 16-10-2020 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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