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  • Portrait of Queen Louise of Prussia

    Artist:
    Tischbein, Johann Friedrich August. 1750-1812
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    76x61 cm

Tischbein, Johann Friedrich August. 1750-1812

Portrait of Queen Louise of Prussia

Germany, 1798

Tischbein was a member of a famous family of artists, an outstanding portraitist who travelled widely, visiting Paris and Rome - where he met the famous painters Anton Raphael Mengs and Jacques Louis David - and working in Russia from 1806 to 1808. Louise (Augusta Wilhelmina Amalia; 1776-1810) was the daughter of Duke Charles of Mecklenburg-Strelitz and wife of King Frederick William III of Prussia. She died young and retained her reputation as a woman of rare beauty, intelligent and strong-minded. Tischbein captured her here as an enchanting girl full of nature grace. Her static silhouette outlined against the cloudy sky, the purity of line and clarity of form create a sense of harmony. The dark blue of the velvet scarf is combined effectively with various shades of silvery-grey. The sublime image of the model bears features of sentimentality typical of German Classicism.

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Portrait of Queen Louise of Prussia

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oil

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76x61 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1963; transferred from the Pavlovsk Palace Museum

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-9786

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