ca. 1670 Princesse des Ursins, Anne Marie de La Tremoille by ? (Musée Condé - Chantilly France)

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The Lady portrayed here is probably the Princess Orsini (Ursins). The Bourbons now occupied the Spanish throne and placed the Duc d'Anjou on it as Felipe V. The Princesse des Ursins resisted French efforts to make Spain a French satellite by supporting appointments of Spanish nationals to ministerial posts, assisted by Felipe V's first wife, Maria Luisa of Savoy and Mme. de Maintenon. Unfortunately, Felipe married Isabel de Farnesio (Isabella de Farnese) who brought the Princesse des Ursins' influence to an end. Her Wikipedia article states, "Madame des Ursins has the credit of having begun to check the overgrown power of the church and the Inquisition in Spain, and of having attempted to bring the finances to order."

There is another, almost identical portrait of her in Wikimedia, also located at the Musée Condé, next image  However, the photo posted by Reunion des Musées Nationaux is of this portrait, not the next.

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