Inventory number
P02189
Author
Mengs, Anton Rafael (German)
Title
María Luisa of Parma, Princess of Asturias
Chronology
Ca. 1765
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
152,1 cm x 110,5 cm
School
Alemana
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Palacio Nuevo, Madrid, trascuartos de la Reina, 1794, [s.n.])

This pendant to Carlos IV, Prince of Asturias (P2189) was probably painted in 1765 on the occasion of their engagement to be married. María Luisa was born to Felipe de Bourbon, Duke of Parma, and Louise Isabelle of France, in Parma in 1715 and died in Rome in 1819, seventeen days before her husband. The future Queen is depicted in a garden, wearing an elegant white dress. The insignia of the Order of la Cruz Estrellada hangs from its wide neckline. Her fine diamond headdress is accompanied by similar earrings and a short necklace. She holds two carnations in her right hand and a fan in her left, with a miniature portrait on her bracelet.

Her elegant, refined air reflect the courtly spirit of the Ancien Régime.

 
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