"Portrait of a Lady", 1667, by Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667). Dating to the last year of Metsu's tragically short life, this exquisitely preserved panel reveals the elegant and ornate style that he was developing in response to trends in contemporary Dutch portraiture at mid-century. Although unidentified, the sitter was a woman of status and wealth as evidenced by the opulence of her dress and furnishings.

"Portrait of a Lady", 1667, by Gabriël Metsu (Dutch, 1629-1667). Dating to the last year of Metsu's tragically short life, this exquisitely preserved panel reveals the elegant and ornate style that he was developing in response to trends in contemporary Dutch portraiture at mid-century. Although unidentified, the sitter was a woman of status and wealth as evidenced by the opulence of her dress and furnishings.

"Portrait of Anna Orzelska with a Pug", c. 1728, by Antoine Pesne (Prussian, 1683-1757). National Museum, Warsaw. The illegitimate daughter of August II of Poland was portraited in the garden of the Blue Palace in Warsaw.

"Portrait of Anna Orzelska with a Pug", c. 1728, by Antoine Pesne (Prussian, 1683-1757). National Museum, Warsaw. The illegitimate daughter of August II of Poland was portraited in the garden of the Blue Palace in Warsaw.

Detail of red velvet gown (bodice and petticoat) with gold and pearl embellishments, fanciful gold silk sleeves lined with white silk, delicate lace edge of chemise showing at square neckline, and a large gold silk bow pinned to the middle front of the bodice with a sizeable emerald set in gold broach with one drop pearl. Portrait of the actress Marie-Anne de Chateauneuf, known as Mlle Duclos (1664-1747) in the role of Ariane, 1712, Nicolas de Largillierre (1656 - 1746).

Detail of red velvet gown (bodice and petticoat) with gold and pearl embellishments, fanciful gold silk sleeves lined with white silk, delicate lace edge of chemise showing at square neckline, and a large gold silk bow pinned to the middle front of the bodice with a sizeable emerald set in gold broach with one drop pearl. Portrait of the actress Marie-Anne de Chateauneuf, known as Mlle Duclos (1664-1747) in the role of Ariane, 1712, Nicolas de Largillierre (1656 - 1746).

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