Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily

2 May 2020

Today’s painting by Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun is this sweet portrait of Maria Cristina of Naples and Sicily (1779-1849), the favourite daughter of Marie Antoinette’s sister Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples. Vigée Le Brun painted Maria Cristina while she was residing in Naples in 1791.

Maria Cristina would marry Charles Felix of Savoy in April 1807 and the couple would become King and Queen of Sardinia when her husband’s elder brother abdicated in 1821.

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