"Portrait Of The Emperor François Etienne De Lorraine, Martin Van Meytens (1695 - 1770)"Martin van Meytens (Stockholm 1695 - Vienna 1770), and workshop
Portrait of Emperor Francis Stephen of Lorraine (1708 - 1765), emperor of the Holy Roman Empire
Titles of the portrayed: Duke of Lorraine (1729-1736); Grand Duke of Tuscany (from 1737); official ruler, with his wife Maria Teresa in the Habsburg monarchy (from 1740); Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (from 1745)
oil on canvas, cm. 93 x 72
with golden frame 116 x 96
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Our gallery is pleased to present this beautiful portrait depicting the Austrian emperor 'Franz I. Stephan von Lothringen' (1708-1765) who, for quality, style, and subject, has been attributed to the hand of the court artist Martin van Maytens (Stockholm 1695 - Vienna 1770) and to his workshop.
Swedish naturalist Austrian painter, van Meytens became famous for being the official portraitist of the Viennese court during the golden age of the eighteenth century, portraying the Austrian emperor on numerous occasions.
Francis Stephen of Lorraine was Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire with the name of Francesco I from 1745 to his death. Already Duke of Lorraine from 1728 to 1737 with the name of Francis III, he renounced the title yielding the Lorraine to France and buying in exchange the crown of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. He married Maria Teresa of Austria in 1736, queen of Bohemia and Hungary, thus founding the House of the Habsburg-Lorraine, and from which he had sixteen children, including the future emperors Joseph II and Leopold II and the queens Maria Carolina of Naples and Marie Antoinette of France. Together with his wife, he was the founder of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty, who held the reins of Austria and the Hapsburg hereditary states until the First World War.
For a comparison with similar portraits of Meytens, see the links to
Belvedere Castle, Vienna https://digital.belvedere.at/objects/2474/kaiser-franz-i-stephan-von-lothringen
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (Hungary) https://it.cathopedia.org/wiki/File:Martin_van_Meytens_-_Emperor_Francis_I_-_WGA15122.jpg
Kunsthistorischen Museum of Viennahttps://it.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin_van_Meytens_007.jpg
The work is in excellent storage conditions.
Martin van Meytens
He was born on 16 June 1695 in Stockholm.
In 1714 he went to England where he could study the portraiture of Anton van Dyck, a painter from whom he was certainly influenced.
In 1717 he obtained the first important commissions from Augustus II of Poland, also derived from his great skill in portraiture and miniatures (works which he also executed for the Tsar Peter the Great).
In 1721 he moved to Vienna where he obtained commissions from the Emperor Charles VI, where he remained for two years before departing in 1723 for Italy.
In Italy van Meytens was in Venice, Rome, Naples, Florence, Bologna, Modena, Milan, Turin and Genoa. In particular during his Roman period he collaborated in works for Benedict XIII.
Starting from 1731 he was officially received in the Viennese court, becoming court painter of the royal family starting from 1740 with the accession to the throne of Maria Teresa of Austria, who commissioned him eight official portraits during his life, focused on his own person. In 1759 he was appointed Director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
He remained in Vienna until March 23, 1770, the date of his death.
Work accompanied by the expertise of authenticity and according to law.
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