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Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Czernin

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

European Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1793
DIMENSIONS 54 × 39 in. (137.2 × 99.1 cm) frame: 64 × 49 1/4 × 5 in. (162.6 × 125.1 × 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated center right: L. E. Vigée-Le Brun/ A. Vienne/ 1793
COLLECTIONS European Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 2018.53
CREDIT LINE 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
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION 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 , 2018.53 (Photo: , CUR.2018.53.jpg)
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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, 1755–1842). <em>Portrait of Countess Maria Theresia Czernin</em>, 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

, 2018.53 (Photo: , CUR.2018.53.jpg)