Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun on Raphael's tracks

For Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, the trip to Italy was a great occasion to discover as many towns and sites as possible on her route...
4 December 2015
|
Lady Hamilton en Bacchante dansant devant le Vésuve © National Museums Liverpool
... but it was also a trying experience because she had not intended to leave France for such a long period.

Welcomed by her friend Ménageot who was the Director of the French Academy in Rome, she was soon called to Naples to portray the Countess Skavronskaïa, the King’s children and the Queen of Naples. She also painted the portrait of Lady Hamilton as Ariadne and as a Sibyl.

Her own reputation and that of her new models then ensured enough income to allow her to stay longer.
Keywords
Read also

Exhibitions postponed

Article - 1 April 2020
Due to the Coronavirus, the Grand Palais is temporarily closed, and our upcoming exhibitions have been postponed (Pompeii and Noir & Blanc a photographic aesthetic).

Greco - book your ticket

Article - 31 January 2020
This retrospective is the first major exhibition in France ever to be dedicated to this artist.
Browse magazine