Monday, February 22, 2010

Masterpiece Monday

Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Portrait of Mme. Rimsky-Korsakova. 1864

Aristocratic families were Franz Xaver Winterhalter's strongest patrons. He was comissioned multipul times by the royal families of England, France, Spain, Russia, Austria and many more. One of his more popular portraits is The Family of Queen Victoria in 1846 (coming soon to Masterpiece Monday). He was commissioned by Queen Victoria over 100 times to paint portraits of herself and family.