The Princesse de Broglie is an oil-on-canvas painting by the French
Neoclassical artist Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. Completed between
1851 and 1853, it shows Pauline de Broglie, who adopted the courtesy
title princesse, and married Albert de Broglie, the 28th prime minister
of France. She was aged 28 at the time of its completion. Although
highly intelligent and widely known for her beauty, Pauline suffered
from profound shyness, and the painting captures her melancholia. She
contracted tuberculosis and died in 1860 aged 35. The painting is
considered one of the artist's finest later-period female portraits,
along with those of Comtesse d'Haussonville, of Baronne de Rothschild
and of Madame Moitessier. As with many of Ingres's female portraits,
details of costume and setting are rendered with a chilly precision
while her body seems to lack a solid bone structure. The portrait is in
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princesse_de_Broglie>
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
In a confused manner.
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The good author is he who contemplates without marked joy or
excessive sorrow the adventures of his soul amongst criticisms.
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