Portrait of Marie de Bourbon-Montpensier represented in bust and turned of three-quarter, dressed in a dress with collar folded in lace emphasizing her cleavage, a lace bustier richly embroidered with silver threads. Given her important rank, the princess wears many jewels: a necklace of pearls around her neck, pearls in her ears and several rows of pearls decorating her costume.
Oil on panel, presented with its original frame.
Dimensions: with frame: h. 46 cm, l. 37 cm; panel: h. 25 cm, l. 33 cm.
Marie de Bourbon-Montpensier (1605-1627), Princess of France and Duchess of Montpensier, daughter of Henri de Bourbon-Montpensier and Henriette-Catherine de Joyeuse.
She married Gaston of France, Duke of Orleans and brother of King Louis XIII, in 1626. The couple had a daughter, Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans, Duchess of Montpensier, known as "The Great Mademoiselle". The birth of this child was the cause of the death of Marie de Bourbon-Montpensier who succumbed to her diapers six days after birth.
French School circa 1625
BEAUBRUN Louis, active 1609-1627
Died in 1627, the oldest of the Beaubrun was the founder of a real dynasty of painters, specialized in the art of the portrait, which put their talent at the service of the royal family of France until the end of the XVII century. At the height of his career, around 1610, Louis Beaubrun was supplanted by the arrival in Paris of Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569-1622), the great Flemish portraitist sent to the court of France by Eleonore de Gonzague, Duchess of France. Mantua and sister of Queen Marie de Medici. However, given the enthusiasm for portraiture at the French court, Louis Beaubrun continued to produce - and to reproduce! - his refined effigies of princes and princesses of the blood and the high French aristocracy.
At his death, the astonishing production of the Beaubrun studio was continued by his son Henri (1603-1677) and his nephew Charles Beaubrun (1604-1692) who became the portrait painters of King Louis XIV.