Montespan in gold dress by Caspar Netscher

Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart de Mortemart, marquise of Montespan October 1640 – 27 May better known as Madame de Montespan, was the most celebrated maîtresse en titre of King Louis XIV of France, by whom she had seven children.

Portrait of a Lady Playing a Viola da Gamba, 1675, by Caspar Netscher (Dutch, c. 1635-1684)

Caspar Netscher Portrait of a Lady Playing a Viola da Gamba, painting Authorized official website

Caspar Netscher - Dame met fruit en bediende

Caspar Netscher Lady with Fruit and Attendant, painting Authorized official website

"Rinaldo and Armida" by Sir Anthony van Dyck. 1629 oil on canvas. Depicts the sorceress Armida as she falls in love with the knight Rinaldo, whom she had intended to kill. Commissioned for King Charles I. In the collection of the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD.

Rinaldo and Armida, 1629 by Anthony van Dyck. Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), Baltimore, MD, US

Musician strumming viola, by Caspar Netscher (1639-1684), Netherlands, 17th century : Fine art

Musician strumming viola, by Caspar Netscher Netherlands, century : Fine art

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