- Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
- Oil on canvas
- 39 3/8 × 31 7/8 in. (100 × 81 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gallerie degli Uffizi, Corridoio Vasariano, Florence (1890, n. 1905)
In Florence, Vigée Le Brun admired the famous collection of artists’ self-portraits in the Corridoio Vasariano at the Uffizi. Asked to add her own image, she later wrote: “I painted myself with a palette in hand, in front of a canvas on which I am drawing the queen in white chalk.” Both her subject and her elegant black silk gown were intended to evoke the power and prestige of her position as a painter to the king of France. The scarlet sash adds a bold touch.