Portrait of Madame Bonnier de la Mosson as Diana (Constance-Gabrielle-Magdeleine du Monciel de Lauraille

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Portrait of Madame Bonnier de la Mosson as Diana (Constance-Gabrielle-Magdeleine du Monciel de Lauraille


Jean-Marc Nattier (French, 1685 - 1766)




Paris, France (Place created)




Oil on canvas


129.5 x 96.8 cm (51 x 38 1/8 in.)

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Madame Bonnier de la Mosson, a member of Parisian society whose literary salon was a popular meeting place for the most noted people of her day, appears as Diana, goddess of the moon, the forest, and the hunt. Jean-Marc Nattier depicted her seated in front of a dramatic sky and barren landscape, delicately holding a bow and arrow, wearing a revealing white chemise low on her shoulders, and wrapped in an exotic leopard skin.

In eighteenth-century France it was fashionable for aristocratic women to have their likenesses made in the guise of mythological or historical roles. Nattier, one of the leading portraitists of his day, specialized in these flattering allegorical portraits. During his career, he painted portraits of most of the circle of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour in either traditional or allegorical guise.

1742 - probably 1744

Baron Joseph Bonnier de La Mosson, 1702 - 1744 (Paris, France)

by 1905 - 1908

Dr. Alfred Debatz, 1833 - 1908 (Reims, France)


S. Guiraud (Paris, France), sold to M. Knoedler & Co., November, 1908.

1908 - 1911

Knoedler & Company, 1846 - 2011 (London, England; New York, New York; Paris, France), sold to Henry Edwards Huntington, January, 1911.

1911 - 1918

Henry Edwards Huntington, 1850 - 1927 (New York, New York; San Marino, Califonia), sold to Duveen Brothers, Inc., 1918.

1918 -

Duveen Brothers, Inc. (London, England; New York, New York)

N. E. Tamoaco (Cairo, Egypt)

by 1929 - 1936

Edward Julius Berwind, 1848 - 1936 (New York, New York; Newport, Rhode Island), retained by his sister, Julia A. Berwind, 1936.

1936 - possibly 1939

Julia A. Berwind, 1866 - 1961 (Newport, Rhode Island), after protracted litigation, by inheritance from Edward Julius Berwind to his niece, Margaret Dunlap Behn, possibly 1939.

possibly 1939 - 1977

Margaret Dunlap Behn, 1891 - 1977 (New York, New York) [sold, Behn sale, Christie's, New York, June 15, 1977, lot 63, to Newhouse Galleries.]


Newhouse Galleries (New York, New York), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977.

1764 Salon (1764) (Cat. 64)
  • Salon, Palais du Louvre (Paris), 1764
Masterpieces of Art (European Paintings and Sculpture from 1300-1800) (May to October, 1939) (Cat. 262)
  • New York World's Fair, (Queens), May to October, 1939
Jean-Marc Nattier (1685-1766) (October 25, 1999 to January 30, 2000) (Cat. 35)
  • Musée national des Châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon, (Versailles), October 25, 1999 to January 30, 2000
Paris: Life & Luxury (April 26, 2011 to January 2, 2012) (92)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), April 26 to August 7, 2011
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, September 18, 2011 to January 2, 2012

Reydellet, Jean Baptiste. Explication des peintures, sculptures, et autres ouvrages de messieurs de l'Académie royale (Paris: Jacques Collombat, 1742) p. 15, no. 64.

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