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Re: Duke Ferdinand of Parma, his wife Maria Amalia,their family
« Reply #300 on: December 14, 2013, 12:44:45 PM »
I think that when Emperor Joseph visited Parma he described Ferdinand as facially quite handsome, though small and stocky in build.  As Louis XV was I believe generally considered the best looking man at Versailles there was, yet again, good genes there.

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« Reply #301 on: December 16, 2013, 05:28:58 PM »
Indeed. Lousie Elizabeth (Madame de Infanta) Duchess of Parma was described as looking very much like her father, King Louis XV, however Don Luis looked more Hapsburg in his coloring (like Franz Stephen of Lorraine) than the French side.

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« Reply #302 on: February 14, 2014, 10:11:15 PM »
Link to a portrait of Ferdinand & Maria Amalia's three eldest children at the Museo de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid....

http://ceres.mcu.es/pages/Main?idt=122497&inventary=0721&table=FMUS&museum=MRABASF

Young Caroline of Parma was very beautiful in it...

(thanks to trentk80 for the lead on this)
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« Reply #303 on: February 15, 2014, 10:26:53 AM »
she was a very pretty girl. No wonder her mother was jealous. It was a repeat of Madame de Infanta on Isabelle of Parma.

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« Reply #304 on: February 22, 2014, 05:41:32 AM »
Well, Ferdinand was very fond of her..... as for grandmother the Empress-Queen, Caroline was, to her,  "my charming granddaughter" (as Maria Theresa called Caroline in a letter to Marie Antoinette).  

The Marquis de Bombelles visited Parma in 1791 and he wrote about Caroline's resemblance to the Dauphine (Marie Antoinette) in Strausbourg long ago. I guess he meant Caroline's countenance (i.e. expression and composure, if not exactly her physical features).  
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« Reply #305 on: February 22, 2014, 09:40:49 AM »
Indeed even the acid tongued Mimi paid tribute to her niece's prettiness.

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« Reply #306 on: March 11, 2014, 07:24:55 AM »
Link to portrait of Maria Amalia; don't know the year it was painted but most likely after Johann Zoffany's 1778 portrait of her:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelostgallery/12078748256/in/set-72157629133789921
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« Reply #307 on: March 12, 2014, 10:09:23 PM »
Where is the portrait located ? Austria or Parma ?

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« Reply #308 on: March 16, 2014, 01:30:59 AM »
sorry, i have no idea where it's located.....

link to a nice portrait of (supposedly) maria amalia and her four young children: maria antonia, carlotta maria, philip maria & antonia luisa. maria amalia looks young here but the source appears reliable.....it's said to come from an austrian castle. if it's indeed her and her children, then it's my first time to see a portrait of her children philip & antonia luisa......

http://www.wilnitsky.com/scripts/redgallery1.dll/details?No=37169
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« Reply #309 on: March 16, 2014, 02:23:48 AM »
An event on the past Valentine's Day in Parma... "starring" Ferdinand and Maria Amalia,  complete with their "loves, passions and scandals" and intimate biographies (with facts not found in books, they assert), at Sala Baganza.... fun! Wonder what they came up for this couple;  Parma/Emilia Romagna seems to be developing tours/events along these lines (i.e. associated with royals). They had a Valentine's Day event last year or so with Maria Amalia and other ladies as the attraction....

http://www.emiliaromagnaturismo.it/en/events/parma/parma-editorial-staff/san-valentino-nei-castelli-del-ducato-di-parma
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« Reply #310 on: October 01, 2014, 09:15:45 AM »
Very similar,although unidentified portrait to the one of Maria Amalia painted by Roslin:

http://www.artnet.com/artists/antoine-vestier/a-portrait-of-a-lady-wearing-a-lace-trimmed-oaIklezgVp7rTFVVohUbCQ2

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« Reply #311 on: October 19, 2014, 02:45:58 AM »
An interesting find, very similar indeed.  Thanks!
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« Reply #313 on: March 13, 2016, 07:43:36 PM »
And here is a miniature of a young Maria Antonia (Tognina), same source.....

http://www.bildarchivaustria.at/Pages/ImageDetail.aspx?p_iBildID=10053300
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« Reply #314 on: March 14, 2016, 07:53:13 AM »