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Marie Louise of Austria became Napoleon Bonaparte's second wife so that he might produce an heir. Of her he said later in life, "I married a womb!"

This 1859 portrait of Lizaveta Trubetzkaya is Winterhalter at his best showing her in a dome crinoline with black lace trim and a flounced under-skirt.

Bernardino Licinio, Portrait of a Woman, 1533, in Dresden

Marie Antoinette 1769-70, shortly after her marriage in 1770

Portrait of Mrs. Vere, Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, 1780’s

1606 Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640) ~ Portrait of Maria Serra Pallavicino

This portrait is one of the earliest and most impressive depictions of eighteenth century wedding wear. It shows Lady Frances Montagu in the bridesmaid’s dress she wore to the 1734 wedding of George II’s eldest daughter, Anne, the Princess Royal, to William IV, the Prince of Orange. The detail and complexity of the dress suggests us that the painting was commissioned as much to show the latest fashion as it was to show the sitter.

Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk (1517-70) and her second husband, Henry Grey (?-1554) Painting by Hans Eworth

Salomon Guillaume Counis - Portrait of a Lady, 1820

Flemish Gentleman (1632 - artist unknown)

Mary Tudor, queen of France (sister of Henry VIII)

Rembrandt Peale. Rubens Peale with a Geranium, 1801.

The White Hat, c.1780, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, French, 1725–1805