Portraits Of Marie Antoinette's Sisters by Liotard
Jean-Étienne Liotard was a Swiss-French versatile artist famous for his pastel drawings. In 1742 he went to Vienna to paint the portraits of the royal family. His works were well-liked and, in 1762, he returned to the city to draw more portraits of the 11 royal children. Here are those of the archduchesses, Marie Antoinette's sisters:
Maria Anna, also known as Marianne, was born with a slight deformity (no one knows what it was exactly, but she developed a hunchback later in life), which made her unsuitable for marriage. She was, instead, destined for the convent and became abbess of the Imperial and Royal Convent for Noble Ladies in Prague. Marianne was also a very intelligent lady. She was, like her father, interested in science, and conducted several experiments. She also wrote a book about her mother's politics and financed several scientists, artists and archaeological exhumations, which made her popular among the scientific and artistic communities of her time.
Artistically gifted and very intelligent, Maria Christina, or Mimi, as she was called by her family, was her mother's favourite. Because of this, her siblings were jealous of her, especially when their mother allowed her to marry for love. She was the only one of Maria Theresa's children allowed to do so. The groom was her second cousin Prince Albert of Saxony. The couple was given the duchy of Teschen and was later appointed joint governors of the Austrian Netherlands.