Margaret of Austria

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Margaret of Austria, daughter of the Emperor Maximilian I, was Regent of the Netherlands and governed on behalf of her young nephew, the future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. She is shown here in the sombre clothes of a widow after the death of her second husband. Bernaert van Orley became official painter to her court in 1518 and was also well known as a tapestry designer. Orley and his workshop painted many versions of this portrait and 6 others are known today. Of all the versions of the composition, the prime is considered to be that at the Musée de Brou, Ain, Bourg-en-Bresse. The versions have slight differences, for instance in the positioning of the hands.

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Margaret of Austria




oil on oak panel


H 36.5 x W 23.4 cm

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bequeathed by F. P. M. Schiller, 1946

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