1696 Woman, perhaps Madame Claude Lambert de Thorigny (Marie Marguerite Bontemps, 1668–1701) by Nicolas de Largillierre (Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York, USA)

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1696 Woman, perhaps Madame Claude Lambert de Thorigny (Marie Marguerite Bontemps, 1668–1701) by Nicolas de Largillierre (Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York City, New York, USA) From metmuseum.org

The woman in this 1696 de Largillierre portrait, Mme. de Thorigny(?), wears a complicated dress. She wears a salmon pink skirt that continues as part of her bodice rising over one shoulder with a gold velvet skirt beneath or sewn to it that includes her right arm (from the viewer's perspective). The salmon pink over-skirt appears to be faced with grey satin showing on her left sleeve that continues down her skirt. There is no way to tell if there is gold velvet sleeve on her left side. A jeweled girdle marks the attachment of the salmon pink bodice to the salmon pink skirt. The gold velvet sleeve is narrow while the other sleeve appears to be puffed. Both sleeves end with engageantes. The pink skirt ends at the lower right corner and it looks like there is a pale pink skirt beneath it, the skirt that reaches to the floor.

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