L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Paca, Duchess of Alba by Winterhalter, 1854

In the collection of the dukes of Alba, Palacio Liria, Madrid.

María Francisca de Sales "Paca" de Portocarrero Palafox y Kirkpatrick, 12th Duchess of Peñaranda, etc. (January 29, 1825, Málaga - September 16, 1860, Carabanchel), the beloved elder sister of the Empress Eugénie, married Jacobo Luis Francisco Pablo Rafael Fitz-James Stuart y Ventimiglia, 15th Duke of Alba, etc. (June 3, 1821, Palermo - July 10, 1881, Madrid), on February 14, 1844 in Madrid.  She died of a undiagnosable spinal ailment at the age of thirty-five, leaving three young children.


I first saw a black and white reproduction of this painting back when I was a teenager and in the midst of my mania for her sister, the empress.  I've had to wait this long to find an image in color; I think it was worth the wait - and, incidentally, gorgeous.

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