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Portrait of Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

Portrait of Leonilla, Princess of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, 1843

Franz Xaver Winterhalter

In a daring pose reminiscent of harem scenes, the princess reclines on a low Turkish sofa on a veranda overlooking a lush tropical landscape. Known for her great beauty and intellect, the princess is resplendent in a luxurious gown of ivory silk moiré with a pink sash around her waist. A deep purple mantle wraps around her back and falls across her smooth arms. Under carefully arched eyebrows, her heavy lidded eyes gaze languidly at the viewer while she artfully toys with the large pearls around her neck. The artist contrasted sumptuous fabrics and vivid colors against creamy flesh to heighten the sensuality of the pose, the model, and the luxuriant setting.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum
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