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Category:Madame la Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with Her Children (Gérard)

Madame la Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with Her Children (Gérard)
François Gérard: Portrait of Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Guéhéneuc, Madame la Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with her Children  wikidata:Q28036308 
Artist
creator QS:P170,Q163543
François Gérard: Portrait of Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Guéhéneuc, Madame la Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with her Children
Title
French: Portrait de la maréchale Lannes et ses enfants
The Dutchess of Montebello with her Children
label QS:Lfr,"Portrait de la maréchale Lannes et ses enfants"
label QS:Len,"The Dutchess of Montebello with her Children"
Object type painting
Genre portrait
Description
Caption from the museum's website

This magnificent group portrait depicts the beautiful widow and five children of Jean Lannes, one of Napoleon's greatest and favorite generals. The imposing size of the painting—8.5 feet high—documents the historic importance of the family, who pose next to the monumental statue of Lannes. Baron Gérard's masterly achievement overwhelms with its superb formal qualities, its outstanding painterly refinement, and the accessibility of its subject matter. Napoleon, who bestowed the title of Duke of Montebello on Lannes, may have encouraged the marriage between his ambitious young general and Louise-Antoinette-Scholastique Guéhéneuc, a renowned beauty of noble descent. The couple belonged to the inner circle of the court of Napoleon. After Lannes, a popular hero, was killed on the battlefield in 1809, the duchess continued to be a favorite at court. But in 1814, the year this painting was commissioned, she started to withdraw, devoting herself principally to her five children. Ernest, the boy with the rackets, is the direct ancestor of Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Date 1814
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Height: 2,600.4 mm (102.3 ″); Width: 1,830.3 mm (72 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,+2600.452U174789;P2049,+1830.3875U174789
institution QS:P195,Q1565911
Accession number
Credit line Museum purchase funded by the Brown Foundation Accessions Endowment Fund and the Alice Pratt Brown Museum Fund
Notes reduction at the Palace of Versailles: Joconde database: entry 000PE008257
References described at URL: https://www.mfah.org/art/detail/84089