Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Czernin
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun painted this portrait of Maria Theresia Czernin, wife of the art collector Count Johann Rudolf Czernin, while living in exile in Vienna after the French Revolution. The Countess is shown paging through the Voyage of Anacharsis, a fictional travel account published in 1787–88 that describes the customs and culture of ancient Greece. Prominently featured in this portrait (and several others by the artist), the book reflects the then-widespread interest in antiquity, and a sitter who wished to be portrayed as engaged in classical scholarship.
Oil on canvas
54 × 39 in. (137.2 × 99.1 cm)
frame: 64 × 49 1/4 × 5 in. (162.6 × 125.1 × 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated center right: L. E. Vigée-Le Brun/ A. Vienne/ 1793
Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, Mrs. Watson B. Dickerman, A. Augustus Healy, Helen Babbott MacDonald, Charles H. Schieren, and L.L. Themal, by exchange
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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755-1842). Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Czernin, 1793. Oil on canvas, 54 × 39 in. (137.2 × 99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Lilla Brown in memory of her husband, John W. Brown, Mrs. Watson B. Dickerman, A. Augustus Healy, Helen Babbott MacDonald, Charles H. Schieren, and L.L. Themal, by exchange
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