Charming allegorical portrait very finely painted of Anne of Austria represented in Diane. Portraited in bust and three-quarters, she is adorned with a jewel in the shape of a crescent moon in her ashen blond hair, styled in the fashion of the seventeenth century. The curly locks held by rows of pearls falling back framing her face. The painter brilliantly grasps his features inherited from the Habsburgs: his face was long, his cheeks heavy, his lips red and fleshy. The charm of the model is accentuated thanks to its blue eyes mixed with green that make its look bright and brilliant, its fresh and rosy hue and very white skin. Around the neck the queen wears an elegant pearl necklace and matching earrings. Dressed in a blue satin dress with puffed sleeves, a deep neckline revealing her chest is edged with a wide white lace collar. Eclipsed behind the lace of the collar, appears the attribute of Diane, the quiver filled with arrows. Despite wearing a high head and a proud look full of confidence, the young queen emerges through this portrait the feeling of sweetness and evokes grace and femininity. The painter is meticulous in details such as the lace collar and the curls of hair, but also thanks to the wise choice of its palette highlights the whiteness of the translucent skin of the queen, which she was particularly proud. This brightness of whiteness on a black background brings to our portrait a depth and a realism seizing. The choice of mythological portrait in Diane is certainly due to the craze that knows from the Renaissance the ancient theme of the goddess of the moon launched by the famous Diane de Poitiers. The huntress goddess accompanied by her nymphs surpasses them by her beauty and high height. This was also the case of Anne of Austria, who in her day was considered one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe and the highest. Treated like an ancient divinity, Anne of Austria sends us back an image of a strong and independent woman.
Beautiful quality of execution, very beautiful state.
Oil on copper, attributed to Claude Deruet, 17th century.
Dimensions: h. 20 cm x l. 16 cm, framed: h. 35 cm x l. 32 cm
Precious Flemish style frame in tortoiseshell veneer on a gold background and stained and molded wood.
born in Nancy in 1588, the painter made a stay in Rome between 1612 and 1619 where he perfected and worked with Tempesta. Back in Lorraine, he was appointed director of the festival by Henry II, Duke of Lorraine. Anointed by Louis XIII in 1621, he has the honor of receiving the King and his wife Anne of Austria in his luxurious residence in Lorraine. Highly sought after as a portrait painter, he enjoyed great success during his lifetime. He died in 1660.
Anne of Austria (1601-1666) is the Infanta of Spain, Archduchess of Austria and Queen of France (1615-1643) by her marriage to the King of France louis XIII, she is the mother of King Louis XIV and Philippe said Monsieur.