Marie Antoinette and Her Children
- Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris)
- Oil on canvas
- 108 1/4 in. × 85 1/4 in. (275 × 216.5 cm)
Frame: 146 7/16 in. × 106 1/8 in. × 9 7/16 in. (372 × 269.5 × 24 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Musée National des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon (MV 4520)
In 1785, by order of Louis XVI, the office of royal households commissioned this important portrait of Marie Antoinette from Vigée Le Brun, the first woman to attain the rank of painter to the king. Inspired by depictions of the Holy Family, the work was intended to extoll the queen’s maternal role. The empty bassinet alludes to her fourth child, who had recently died.