18th Century

Does anyone know the subject/date/artist of this painting?

It’s turned up a couple of times on the icanhascheezburger network, but of course, they don’t provide any background information on the artwork.

It’s clearly mid-late 18th century, and she is clearly an important royal, but other than that I’m at a loss.  I feel I have seen it before, but I can’t quite place where.

The outfit is fascinating and I’d love to be able to research it a bit further.  The elaborately decorated skirt (is it painted or embroidered?), the portrait on her wrist, the fichu at the neckline – so many pretty details begging to be seen and examined!

Any information is much appreciated!


  1. Noelle says

    It’s a portrait of Maria Luisa of Parma, Queen of Spain, painted by Zacarias Gonzalez Velazquez. (Does look very Goya-esque though, doesn’t it!)

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