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The Empress Eugénie (Eugénie de Montijo, 1826–1920, Condesa de Teba)  1854

by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Winterhalter began an official portrait of Empress Eugénie (Eugénie de Montijo, Condesa de Teba, 1826-1920) shortly after her marriage in 1853 to Napoleon III, emperor of France, but it was not exhibited until 1855. The present work is, in contrast, relatively intimate in scale and effect. It shows the empress in a Second Empire adaptation of an eighteenth-century gown. He...
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art