★ Maria Amalia of Austria by van Meytens

Maria Amalia of Austria by Martin van Meytens

★ On this day in 1746, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria was born at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna. The eighth child of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria and Emperor Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor, she was also the elder sister of the iconic but ill-fated Queen of France, Marie Antoinette. This beautiful portrait of her (in a truly sumptuous dress, I might add!) dates from the 1760s and is by Martin van Meytens.

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