P1040748 003I noticed this intriguing portrait painting while exploring The Bowes Museum last week.

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A Google search throws up several more portraits, all rather more flattering than this one.

Her Wikipedia article describes her as 'charming, pretty and graceful'.

Why the strange blue tinge to the skin? It's not just my camera; the painting really did look like that.

I feel there's a story here, worth exploring. And I shall.


170px Miniature of Marie Louise dOrléans future Queen of Spain by Jean Petitot le vieux 1607 1691 Marie Louise dOrléans by Mignard wearing the Fleur de lis showing her dignity as a Grand daughter of France and the Spanish crown Portrait of Marie Louise dOrléans circa 1680 future Queen of Spain