This book offers the first comprehensive study of the physical image and self image of Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans (1652-1722), which is achieved by analyzing the artistic representations in her portraits along with self-descriptions found in the personal letters of the princess. This work should appeal to scholars interested in early modern French court history, culture, art, and artists, engravers, and iconography. Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans, (1652-1722), the Palatine princess who became the second wife of Monsieur and the mother of the Regent, is well known for the thousands of letters she wrote about her life at the court of Louis XIV and during the Regency, many of which have been anthologized. She is further defined for many by Rigaud's sumptuous court portrait of her in old age. Many other portraits of her were made by both painters and engravers, and in the course of her letters she penned many self-descriptions and wrote about some of the paintings and engravings. This is the first comprehensive study of her physical image and her self-image, using all available evidence, both visual and verbal.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Number of pages: 392