"Countess Kinsky" by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun
|Countess Kinsky (1793)
Copyright held by the Norton Simon Museum
This woman's life was rather tragic. Her husband left her at the altar after their wedding and went to his mistress. Given the beauty of Theresa, the Countess, one wonders about the personalities of the people involved. The Countess wears a dark blue dress that appears to be satin or silk from the shine of the fabric. Tassel trim is used to decorate the upper sleeve. The necklace is probably carnelian (usually spelled cornelian in the regency) or coral, both of which were popular in the era. A beautifully embroidered shawl is twisted around the dress to form a girdle and sash.