|This painting hangs today at the Palace of Versailles. Vigée Le Brun painted about 30 portraits of the queen, this apparently the last one. She is viewed with her three surviving children in a pyramidal composition recalling Renaissance paintings of the Virgin, Jesus and St. John. When Vigée Le Brun was painting this work the queen's youngest child, Sophie-Béatrix died so the empty cradle refers to her demise. This flattering portrait depicting the much-hated queen as a loving mother had an important propaganda purpose.|
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