Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, and the Archduke Maximilian

Artist: Josef Hauzinger (Austrian, 1728–1786)

Date: 1778

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: Unframed: 98 1/16 × 59 1/16 in. (249 × 150 cm)
Framed (estimate): 9 ft. 1 1/16 in. × 69 1/2 in. × 4 5/16 in. (277 × 176.5 × 11 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Gemäldegalerie, now on display in the Widow’s Apartment at Schloss Hof (8854)

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 899
Rare for its depiction of a private meeting of Marie Antoinette with her family, this work was painted several years after her brother Archduke Maximilian of Austria’s 1775 visit. Although he was received warmly by the king and queen, Maximilian did not win friends in France outside the immediate royal family, largely because he expected—against protocol—to be treated as an archduke while traveling incognito as the lower-ranked comte de Burgau.