Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The Royal Family of Naples

Here is a painting, dated 1783, by Angelica Kauffman, of King Ferdinand IV and Queen Maria Carolina of Naples, and six of their many, many children. Their heir, the future King Francis I, stands second from the left, beside his father. The baby princess Maria Amalia, mother of Belgium's first queen, Louise-Marie, sits in the cradle on the knees of her big sister Luisa. Note the Arcadian landscape and informal poses, representing a break with past portrayals of the Bourbons.
Here is a family medallion, dating from 1802/1803, depicting Queen Maria Carolina with her daughters Maria Christina, Maria Amalia and Maria Antonia and her son Leopoldo. (Photograph courtesy of Wolfgang Wögerer). 

1 comment:

MadMonarchist said...

I wish the Kingdom of the Two-Sicilies was still around. One of my favorite monarchies.