Marie Adélaïde de Savoie (1685–1712), Duchesse de Bourgogne

Pierre Gobert French

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Much like Jean Marc Nattier in the next generation, Gobert became a fashionable portraitist among the French aristocracy and royal family at court, in part through lending all his sitters a uniform grace that often makes a given identity difficult to differentiate. The inscription indicates that this is Marie Adélaïde, the mother of Louis XV, who sat for Gobert on several occasions. The jeweled armband and low, transparent dress signal a classicizing, allegorical portrait elevating her to the realm of the gods rather than representing contemporary fashion.

Marie Adélaïde de Savoie (1685–1712), Duchesse de Bourgogne, Pierre Gobert (French, Fontainebleau 1662–1744 Paris), Oil on canvas

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