2017 Orsay: Amaury-Duval 1862 Madame de Loynes

Amaury-Duval: Madame de Loynes, 1862

Amaury-Duval: Madame de Loynes, 1862.
This lady truly earned her stand­ing: Born out of wed­lock into a large and poor fam­ily in Reims she climbed the lad­der of soci­ety thanks to her looks, charme and intel­li­gence. Eventually she became one of the lead­ing salon­nières of Paris dur­ing the second Empire, cour­tes­ane of, amongst oth­ers, prince Napoléon (the emperor’s cous­in and, after the son, second in line to the throne).