Anne de Pisseleu (1508–1576), Duchesse d'Étampes

Artist: Attributed to Corneille de Lyon (Netherlandish, The Hague, active by 1533–died 1575 Lyons)

Date: ca. 1535–40

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 7 x 5 5/8 in. (17.8 x 14.3 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929

Accession Number: 29.100.197


Renowned for her brilliance and beauty, Anne de Pisseleu was the mistress of Francis I. She was introduced to the king at court in 1526 when she was seventeen. After his death in 1547, she was dismissed from court by the mistress of the succeeding king (Henry II), and died in obscurity. Here she wears a gold necklace and a pendant with her initial "A" and a pearl.