Louis of Orléans Unveiling his Mistress  

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Louis of Orléans Unveiling his Mistress[1] (French: Louis d'Orléans dévoilant une maîtresse, c1825–26) is a painting by Delacroix. It shows Louis I de Valois, Duke of Orléans unveiling his mistress. It is currently housed at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid.

It illustrated an episode of Brantôme's Lives of Fair and Gallant Ladies.

"This painting illustrates an episode from Brantome's Vies des dames galantes; the Duke lifts a veil from his nude mistress for the edification of his chamberlain. However, he takes care to conceal her face, for she is, in fact, the chamberlain's wife. It seems probable that Delacroix, always short of money, chose this subject in hopes of a quick sale. The style and thematic presentation owe much to Delacroix's English friend Bonington, however, the rich colours and textures and the extraordinary virtuosity of the brushwork are pure Delacroix. A series of superlative nudes followed from this precedent." -- Eugène Delacroix, 1798-1863: the prince of romanticism by Gilles Neret.

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