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Marie Francoise Angelique du Val de Fontenay - Mareuil, Duchesse de Gesvres (1632 - 1702) was a French courtier of Louis XIV at Versailles. She was the only daughter of the Marquis de Fontenay - Mareuil, who served as the French Ambassador to the Vatican Court in Rome. She inherited great wealth from her family and this portrait makes reference to this through the depiction of the vase overflowing with jewels, gold coins and exotic coral. She was married to the Duc de Gesvres who wasted vast amounts of her inheritance, and had a son, Francois Bernard, Marquis de Annebaut who succeeded his father as the Duc de Gesvres.
Charles and Henri Beaubrun were cousins from a family of painters active in Paris for three generations in the 16th and 17th centuries. They were Court Painters to Louis XIII and in the early reign of Louis XIV. They often worked together on commissions, making individual attributions difficult. In 1648, they were among the founding members of the Academie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture where they became professors. Examples of their work can be seen in the Prado Museum, Madrid, the Musee Carnavalet, Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
|Height||127.00 cm||(50.00 inches)|
|Width||110.00 cm||(43.31 inches)|