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Creator:
Willem Wissing, ca. 1656–1687, Dutch, active in Britain (by 1676)
Title:

Mary of Modena

Date:
ca. 1685
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
49 7/16 x 40 3/8 inches (125.6 x 102.6 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed, center left: "W. Wissing: fecit"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1986.10
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
brocade | buildings | chemise | costume | crown (costume component) | jewels | parrot | pearls | portrait | queen (person) | royalty | window | woman
Associated People:
Mary [Mary of Modena] (1658–1718), queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland, consort of James II and VII
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1276
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Mary of Modena was the queen consort to James II. Her luxuriant costume would once have been more dazzling; the brilliant blue dress has turned gray with time. Wissing added a salmon-crested cockatoo (Cacatua moluccensis), a bird indigenous to the Moluccas in modern Indonesia. The queen toys with the bird’s wing, suggesting that it may have been a favorite pet. It both heightens the natural beauty of the subjects but also demonstrates the sitter’s association with the East India Company, which spearheaded the expansion of Britain’s commercial and colonial interests in South East Asia.

Gallery label for Love, Life, Death, and Desire: An Installation of the Center's Collections (Yale Center for British Art, 2020-11-01 – 2021-02-28)

The Stuart Legacy (Birmingham Museum of Art, 1991-03 - 1991-10) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Love, Life, Death, and Desire: An Installation of the Center's Collections (Yale Center for British Art, 2020-10-01 - 2021-02-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Crown Pictorial - Art and the British Monarchy (Yale Center for British Art, 1990-12-05 - 1991-02-17) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Linda Colley, Crown Pictorial : Art and the British Monarchy : Exhibition Labels, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1990, pp. 17-18, No. 42, N8219 K5 C761 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Linda Colley, Crown Pictorial : Art and the British Monarchy, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1990, p. 30, no. 42, no. 42, N8219 K5 C76 1990 (YCBA) [YCBA]


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