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A enamel brooch of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegonde

Click to see full size: An enamel brooch of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegond of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegonde, the future Duchesse de Rochechouart-Mortemart (1834-1900) from the portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) of 1839 Possibly the wor- An enamel brooch of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegond of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegonde, the future Duchesse de Rochechouart-Mortemart (1834-1900) from the portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) of 1839<br />
Possibly the work of Carl Schmidt (German, <br />
Franz Xaver Winterhalter portrait is recorded in the Winterhalter Catalogue, no 162.<br />
?The portrait shows the five-year-old Virginie seated out of doors, in white dress with red patterned sash around her waist, pantaloons and black lace-up shoes showing from underneath the skirt. Her hair is parted in the middle and fashionably arranged in cascading ringlets. She is leaning, boldly and innocently, on a massive dog, and puts her arm around its neck. The pair is placed in a seaside setting on a small sandy hillock with sparse shrubbery on either side of the picture; a seascape with swirling clouds is visible in the background.<br />
Winterhalter underscores the high social standing of the girl (she was a scion of an old aristocratic family) with such trappings of aristocratic portraiture as landscape setting, an architectural detail of a building in the background, as well as the dog itself, most likely a Neapolitan mastiff, used for hunting, which was historically a privilege reserved for the land-owning aristocracy. At the same time, the motif of a girl with a dog within a landscape and a quasi-Mediterranean setting give the picture a more general appeal of a genre composition that transcends the strict limitation of portraiture. This ?universality? was of major importance in the annals of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century portrait painting, and Franz Xaver Winterhalter succeeds here with aplomb.?<br />
     
 
     
 

A enamel brooch of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegonde

An enamel brooch of Mlle Virginie Marie Louise de Sainte-Aldegond, the future Duchesse of de Rochechouart-Mortemart (1834-1900) from the portrait by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-73) of 1839 Possibly the work of Carl Schmidt (German)


Franz Xaver Winterhalter portrait is recorded in the Winterhalter Catalogue, no 162.

The portrait shows the five-year-old Virginie seated out of doors, in white dress with red patterned sash around her waist, pantaloons and black lace-up shoes showing from underneath the skirt. Her hair is parted in the middle and fashionably arranged in cascading ringlets.

She is leaning, boldly and innocently, on a massive dog, and puts her arm around its neck. The pair is placed in a seaside setting on a small sandy hillock with sparse shrubbery on either side of the picture; a seascape with swirling clouds is visible in the background.

Winterhalter underscores the high social standing of the girl (she was a scion of an old aristocratic family) with such trappings of aristocratic portraiture as landscape setting, an architectural detail of a building in the background, as well as the dog itself, most likely a Neapolitan mastiff, used for hunting, which was historically a privilege reserved for the land-owning aristocracy. At the same time, the motif of a girl with a dog within a landscape and a quasi-Mediterranean setting give the picture a more general appeal of a genre composition that transcends the strict limitation of portraiture.

This "universality" was of major importance in the annals of the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century portrait painting, and Franz Xaver Winterhalter succeeds here with aplomb.


 
 

Medium Group: Enamels

Year: Unknown

 
 

Breed: People

Artist: Unknown, Other

 
 

 

 

 
 

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Dimensions: None

 
       
   
       
 




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