How adorable! What a clever self portrait - I wonder if the drawings on the wall behind her really existed, and if she did them herself!I love the little spinning wheel!
The drawings in the background are one of the reasons I love this piece so much. So estate houses would have drawings printed into wallpaper and I wonder if that is the case in this image. Although, it probably isn't.
Oh my word, what an outstanding portrait! How have I never seen it before? I'm surprised it hasn't turn up in any of the Marie Antoinette bios.Amusing side note--I googled Marie Christine after seeing this post to look for more of her paintings, and I happened to find engagement and wedding announcements for the *current* Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria! Apparently her new husband is Count Rodolphe of Limburg Stirum. Hurrah for royal gossip!Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria is engagedArchduchess Marie-Christine of Austria's Wedding
This younger portrait makes a good contrast with the other one on Wiki. Ah innocence vs. experience!