Artists' Images and the Self-descriptions of Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans (1652-1722), the Second Madame: Representations of a Royal Prince

Artists' Images and the Self-descriptions of Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans (1652-1722), the Second Madame: Representations of a Royal Prince

By: William Brooks (author), Henriette Goldwyn (preface_author)Hardback

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This book offers the first comprehensive study of the physical image and self image of Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans (1652-1722), which is achieved by analyzing the artistic representations in her portraits along with self-descriptions found in the personal letters of the princess. This work should appeal to scholars interested in early modern French court history, culture, art, and artists, engravers, and iconography. Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans, (1652-1722), the Palatine princess who became the second wife of Monsieur and the mother of the Regent, is well known for the thousands of letters she wrote about her life at the court of Louis XIV and during the Regency, many of which have been anthologized. She is further defined for many by Rigaud's sumptuous court portrait of her in old age. Many other portraits of her were made by both painters and engravers, and in the course of her letters she penned many self-descriptions and wrote about some of the paintings and engravings. This is the first comprehensive study of her physical image and her self-image, using all available evidence, both visual and verbal.

About Author

Dr. Brooks is Professor of French in the University of Bath, England. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle on Tyne. Dr. Brooks's research centers on seventeenth-century French theater and opera, especially the playwright and librettist Philippe Quinault and the theater-loving Elisabeth Charlotte.

Contents

List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; Preface by Henriette Goldwyn; Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Image of Elisabeth Charlotte; Daughter of Elector Palatine; The Young Madame; A Fat Old Pagod; Duchesse douairiere d'Orleans; Last Years: Images from the Regency; Mare's Nest, Wild Geese, and Red Herrings; Conclusion Bibliography; Index by P.J. Yarrow.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773454200
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780773454200
  • ISBN10: 0773454209

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