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  • Portrait of Karl Theodor von Dalberg

    Artist:
    Lefèvre, Robert. 1755-1830
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    73,5x 60 sm

Lefèvre, Robert. 1755-1830

Portrait of Karl Theodor von Dalberg

France, 1811

Lefèvre’s portrait shows Dalberg with the Order of the Legion of Honour and the badge of the Great Eagle dignity of that same order. The diamond-studded cross hanging on Dalberg’s neck is testimony to his high ecclesiastical rank. In 1813 he was replaced as “Prince-Primate” of Napoleon’s puppet state, the Confederation of the Rhine, by Eugène Beauharnais, the Emperor’s stepson, losing his secular power and retaining only his exalted posts in the Catholic Church. Josephine’s son did not hold the position for long, however. After Napoleon’s forces were defeated at the Battle of Leipzig in October 1813, the Confederation disintegrated. Since Eugène Beauharnais, who later became first Duke of Leuchtenberg, had been Dalberg’s successor, it has been conjectured in scholarly literature that the Hermitage portrait came from the Leuchtenberg ducal collection. (Eugène’s son married Nicholas I’s daughter and brought many artistic treasures with him when he moved to Russia.)

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Portrait of Karl Theodor von Dalberg

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oil

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73,5x 60 sm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1970; purchased from a private person

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-10093

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