Madame de Saint-Morys (Eléonore Elisabeth Angélique de Beauterne, 1742–1824)

Joseph Siffred Duplessis French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 630

Applying the final stages of makeup and clothing in the presence of close friends and acquaintances—even potential suitors—was a standard part of elite social life known as la toilette and was a frequent conceit in eighteenth-century portraiture. Duplessis has skillfully depicted Madame de Saint-Morys next to her dressing table with a sympathetic naturalism that was praised by critics at the Salon of 1777. The sitter’s husband was a key patron of Jean-Baptiste Greuze and a major collector of drawings, including sheets by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Albrecht Dürer, and Rembrandt that are today in the Musée du Louvre.

Madame de Saint-Morys (Eléonore Elisabeth Angélique de Beauterne, 1742–1824), Joseph Siffred Duplessis (French, Carpentras 1725–1802 Versailles), Oil on canvas

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