Portrait of Madame Adelaide

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, 1787
Portrait of Madame Adelaide, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard
Portrait of Madame Adelaide, zoomed in
271 cmPortrait of Madame Adelaide scale comparison194 cm

Portrait of Madame Adelaide is a Rococo Oil on Canvas Painting created by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard in 1787. It lives at the Château de Versailles in France. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits. SourceDownloadSee Portrait of Madame Adelaide in the Kaleidoscope

Meet Princess Marie Adélaïde, aunt of the French king Louis XVI. Marie Adélaïde recognized the power and dignity that Adélaïde Labille-Guiard brought to her portraiture, hiring her to paint the women of the French court for a pension of 1000 livres. Marie Adélaïde was 38 when she created this grand portrait of the princess, one of the largest and most ambitious of her career.

In two short years, the French Revolution violently dismantled the monarchy, leaving Marie Adélaïde a suspected royalist for her connections to the court. Maybe she was a royalist, or maybe she was a savvy businesswoman looking to make a living.

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