Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Empress, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1747

Maria Theresa, Archduchess of Austria, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, and Holy Roman Empress, Jean-Etienne Liotard, 1747

enamel on copper, h 62cm × w 51cm More details

Liotard made this enamel during a visit to Lyon, basing it on one of several portraits of the sovereign he had earlier done in Vienna. He was particularly proud of the ‘brilliance’ of the hard gem-like surface and colouring. It is one of the largest enamel paintings ever made, and the technique gave Liotard some difficulty: an inscription on the back records that this was the ‘second attempt.’

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