Maria Ludovica of Modena, Empress of Austria by ? (location ?)


There is a closed imperial crown behind her suggesting this portrait would date from the time she became Empress in 1808.

Image from Wikimedia; filled in shadows to show details of her upper coiffure.

Maria Ludovica of Modena, Empress of Austria by ? (location ?) Wm shadows

Regardless of her anti-French political leanings, she follows French fashion. Her cherusque is gathered material that is folded back on itself at her shoulders. Her coiffure is a mass of curls emerging above her tiara.

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