Princess Theresia Emanuela of Bavaria (1723; 1743) around 1740. German school of the 18th century
Canvas re-lined 79 cm by 63 cm.
Very beautiful old frame of 105 cm by 82 cm.
This very beautiful portrait of the princess is known to be her only portrait on canvas to date. The painting from a Swiss collection appeared in a sale at Sotheby's Amsterdam on October 16, 2001, lot 404. Another portrait of the princess by the painter Georg Desmarées existed but it is not known whether it has disappeared or it is in a private collection. In any case, we know of an engraving.
Princess Theresia Emanuela of Bavaria (1723; 1743)
She was born as the only daughter of Imperial Marshal Ferdinand Maria Innocent of Bavaria and his wife Anna Maria (1693-1751), child of Count Palatine Philipp Wilhelm August von Pfalz-Neuburg. Theresia Emanuela's grandfather was Bavarian Elector Maximilian II Emanuel. On January 29, 1742, Theresia Emanuela von Mannheim, via Darmstadt, arrived in Frankfurt to participate in the coronation of her uncle Charles VII on February 12, 1742. The princess remained in the city until her death. At the coronation in Frankfurt Cathedral, together with her sister-in-law Maria Anna von Pfalz-Sulzbach and her sister Maria Franziska von Pfalz-Sulzbach, she carried the train of Empress Maria Amalia. Princess Theresia Emanuela was single and died in Frankfurt aged 19 from "Kindsblattern", which means either chickenpox or smallpox at a young age. She was buried in the Carmelite Church of Heidelberg, in the crypt of her brother's parents-in-law; after the monastery was dissolved, his coffin was transferred to St. Michael's Church in Munich in 1805. His cousin Theresia Benedicte of Bavaria died two days later, also in Frankfurt, of the same disease; she was also buried in the Carmelite Church in Heidelberg. Emperor Charles VII mourned them both in a letter dated March 29, 1743 to his brother, Bishop Johann Theodor von Bayern. There is a portrait engraving of Princess Theresia Emanuela by artist Joseph Anton Zimmermann from a missing painting by Georg Desmarées and an oil portrait by an unknown painter (the portrait we offer).