Example 26: Pastel portrait on vellum

Work Record
Class [controlled]: • paintings  • European art
*Work Type [link]:  • pastel
*Title: Portrait of Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone at Seven Years of Age
*Creator Display: Jean-Etienne Liotard (Swiss, 1702-1789)
*Role [link]: draftsman  [link]: Liotard, Jean-Etienne
*Creation Date: 1755 or 1756  [controlled]: • Earliest: 1755  • Latest: 1756
*Subject [links]: • portrait  • Maria Frederike van Reede-Athlone (Dutch aristocrat, born 1749)  • child  • human figure  • female  • dog
Culture [link]: Swiss
*Current Location [link]: J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California, USA)  ID: 83.PC.273
*Measurements: 57.2 x 47 cm. (22 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches)
[controlled]:Value: 57.2 Unit: cm Type: height  |  • Value: 47 Unit: cm Type: width
*Materials and Techniques: pastel on vellum
Material [links]: • pastels  • vellum   Technique/Implement [link]: • stump
Description: Liotard exhibited remarkable skill in the difficult medium of pastels, which he preferred when creating portraits of children. Surfaces, textures, and volume are described with subtle gradations of color. At the time he was working on this picture, portraits of children were becoming very popular in Western Europe.
Description Source [link]: J. Paul Getty Museum online. www.getty.edu  Page: accessed 22 October 2006

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