Portrait of Caroline, Queen of Bavaria (1776-1841), née Prinzessin von Baden (after Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858)) [Part I]

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Portrait of Caroline, Queen of Bavaria (1776-1841), née Prinzessin von Baden (after Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858)) [Part I]

Winterhalter also produced a lithograph after Stieler’s portrait of Caroline, Queen of Bavaria (1776-1841), née Prinzessin von Baden, the second wife of Maximilian I Joseph, King of Bavaria.

As I am stating in my forthcoming PhD dissertation on the artist, just like the portrait of the King, the portrait of the Queen of Bavaria is similarly understated, “unburdened by the signifiers of the sitter’s royal status.”

“No jewels or extraneous decorations are worn. Instead, the Queen is dressed simply, but at the height of fashion. A tight velvet bodice with starched lace frills is partly covered by a luxurious fur pelt; elaborately curled hairstyle is covered by a beret with an extravagantly oversize ostrich plume.”

The original portrait once again remains untraced, and it is most likely that Joseph Stieler may have prepared a portrait sketch of the Queen, in pencil and ink wash, now lost, especially for the purpose of it being lithographed by Winterhalter.

© Eugene Barilo von Reisberg, 2013.

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