MENGS, Anton Raphael
(b. 1728, Aussig, d. 1779, Roma)

Maria Luisa of Parma

Oil on canvas, 48 x 38 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

Maria Luisa of Parma was the wife of Charles IV, King of Spain (1788-1808) during the turbulent period of the French Revolution. Lacking qualities of leadership himself, Charles entrusted the government (1792) to Manuel de Godoy, a protégé (and lover) of the queen, Maria Luisa.

The unfinished painting, showing the young princess at the age of 15, is a study, the final painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.