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Reading Treasure: Miniatures of a young Marie Antoinette from the Austrian National Library

The most well-known portraits of Marie Antoinette are arguably those done during her reign, such as the charming ‘en gaulle’ portrait by Lebrun, the iconic portrait of Marie Antoinette in a full court gown by d’Agoty, and the contemplative family portrait Marie Antoinette with her three children by Lebrun. But before Marie Antoinette was being depicted in her court finery or posing in front of her beloved Petit Trianon, she was just another one of the charming Archduchesses of Austria. The Austrian National Library has several miniatures of Marie Antoinette painted at a young age—ranging from her infancy to about 1767, when she was 12 years old.

Reading Treasure: Miniatures of a young Marie Antoinette from the Austrian National Library

The most well-known portraits of Marie Antoinette are arguably those done during her reign, such as the charming ‘en gaulle’ portrait by Lebrun, the iconic portrait of Marie Antoinette in a full court gown by d’Agoty, and the contemplative family portrait Marie Antoinette with her three children by Lebrun. But before Marie Antoinette was being depicted in her court finery or posing in front of her beloved Petit Trianon, she was just another one of the charming Archduchesses of Austria. The Austrian National Library has several miniatures of Marie Antoinette painted at a young age—ranging from her infancy to about 1767, when she was 12 years old.

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