The Empress Eugénie Surrounded by Her Ladies in Waiting Pendant

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The Empress Eugénie Surrounded by Her Ladies in Waiting Pendant

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Official portraitist for the royal courts of Europe, Franz-Xavier Winterhalter was the favourite painter of the Empress Eugenie. Indeed, Eugenie most probably used her own personal fortune to pay for this renowned collective portrait representing the sovereign in 1855 surrounded by her ladies in waiting. Hung in Fontainebleau Palace during the Second Empire, the work was finally given to the empress in 1881, when it was hung in the entrance to her residence in Farnborough Hill.

Eugenie herself is the only one in the painting wearing no visible jewelry: Winterhalter has even revised his initial composition to hide (behind the head of one of her ladies in waiting) a bracelet that the Empress might have been wearing. In doing so, he not only managed to highlight the pefect alabaster-white bust of the young sovereign, but also reveal her modesty illustrated shortly before, in 1853, during Eugenie’s marriage to Napoleon III. Eugenie had declined the gift of a diamond necklace from the municipal committee of the capital, and had instead requested that the value of the jewellery be spent on the creation of a school for children. By this tactic Winterhalter has shown not only the physical qualities of the Empress but also her moral ones. Thus positioning her higher up than her ladies was not simply by protocol but also a sign of the elevation of her soul. (Via Napoleon.org)

This portrait is absolutely one of our favorites, so we had to memorialize it into a pendant! We have matching earrings also available in the Gift Shop.

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