Artist: Pierre Paul Prud'hon (French, Cluny 1758–1823 Paris)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 85 x 55 7/8 in. (215.9 x 141.9 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, in memory of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, 1994
Accession Number: 1994.190
Talleyrand, a brilliant political figure who served under every French ruler from Louis XVI to Louis-Philippe, commissioned this portrait from Prud'hon in 1817. For Napoléon Prud'hon had already painted two full-length portraits of Talleyrand: one in 1806 for the Château de Compiègne (Château de Valençay, Indre) and another in 1807 (Musée Carnavalet, Paris). The pose for this portrait was based on the 1807 painting and the costume was changed and updated.