Artwork of the Week: July 11

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Isabella Teotochi Marini

Élisabeth–Louise Vigée-Le Brun (French, 1755–1842), Isabella Teotochi Marini, oil on paper mounted on canvas, 1792. 19 x 13 7/8 in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1950.243. Gallery 28A

July 14 is Bastille Day and marks the 225th anniversary of the French Revolution. Vigée-Lebrun was court painter and close friend to Marie-Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI. Because of her association with the Queen, even though she herself was not noble (she was the daughter of an artist), she was forced to flee Paris during the Revolution. She painted this portrait of Isabella Teotochi Marini, hostess of a literary salon and toast of Venetian society, while she was in exile in Venice.

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