Exhibitions/ Art Object

Marie Antoinette in Court Dress

Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
Oil on canvas
107 1/2 in. × 76 in. (273 × 193.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Gemäldegalerie (GG 2772)
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199
In 1777, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria wrote to her daughter Marie Antoinette (1755–1793) asking for a portrait. Vigée Le Brun received the commission, her first from the queen. She remembered that the queen "walked better than any other woman in France, holding her head very high with a majesty that singled her out in the midst of the entire court."
Inscription: Inscribed: Peint par Mde Le Brun âgée de 22 ans, en 1780
Paris. Grand Palais, Galeries nationales. "Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun," September 23, 2015–January 11, 2016.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France," February 15–May 15, 2016.

Ottawa. National Gallery of Canada. "Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842): The Portraitist to Marie Antoinette," June 10–September 11, 2016.