Collection

Portrait of Marie Antoinette

Jozef Chojnicki

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Basic information
ID
Ж-1378
Author
Jozef Chojnicki
Name
Portrait of Marie Antoinette
Date of creation
19th c.
Technique
oil painting
Material
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
81 x 62.5
Additionally
Type
painting
Genre
portraiture
Exposition
Olesko Castle
Information about author
Author
Jozef Chojnicki
Artist's lifetime
c. 1745 – after 1812
Biography
Jozef Chojnicki was a Polish painter, who was born and died in Lviv. He was a student of Stanislaw Stroinski. He was working with religious and portrait painting. He painted the Dominican church in Ternopil, as well as several works for the Lviv Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, namely "Angels and St. Stanislaus", "St. Wenceslaus and Florian" and others. The portrait of the French queen Marie Antoinette (Ж-1782) signed by the author is a part of the Olesko Castle collection.
Object description
Marie Antoinette (1755–1793) was Queen of France, a wife of Louis XVI and a daughter of Marie Theresa and Franz I. She was condemned and executed by guillotine. The waist-length image of a woman in a low-necked dress is depicted against the darkened background. The artist mainly aimed to show the inner world of the portrayed woman. The author depicted the graceful woman's features in detail, namely dark eyebrows, expressive brown eyes, and lips with a flirtatious smile. A fashionable ashy wig is decorated with a bouquet of wildflowers, namely chamomiles and cornflowers. The figure of Marie Antoinette is slightly turned to the left. The master realistically conveyed the texture of fabric and lace. The haughty pose shows that this woman belongs to the aristocratic world. The work is done in silver tones. On the reverse side of the picture there is an author's signature: "Jose Choinicky pinxit".
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Marie Antoinette
Lifetime of the person portrayed
1755–1793