Artists Images and the Self-descriptions of Elisabeth Charlotte, Duchess of Orleans (1652-1722), the Second Madame: Representations of a Royal Princess in the Time of Louis XIV and the Regency

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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.

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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.

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"Aided by his long-time collaborator P. J. Yarrow, William Brooks is the first scholar to embark on the ambitious project to make a comprehensive study of the visual images of Madame as seen through portrait paintings and engravings... William Brooks's well-researched and rigorously argued book is seminal to the study of Madame and early modern portraiture." - Dr. Henriette Goldwyn Professor of French New York University "In this admirable study, Dr. Brooks brings us face-to-face with the physical reality of this engaging princess (and indefatigable letter-writer) who had few illusions about her appearance, whilst also drawing attention to unknown portraits and correcting errors of attribution. At the same time, he introduces us smoothly into the busy world of the portrait painters, draftsmen, and engravers who gravitated around major figures, producing images of them in which flattery overrode fidelity." - Professor Dirk Van der Cruysse Belgian Royal Academy"

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