Lyon, Rhône 1677 - Paris 1746
Marie Leszczynska, reine de France, en Junon
Marie Leszczynska, Queen of France, as the goddess Juno
Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 20 1⁄52 in.
signed on front left corner: Coustou
Acc. No.: 1963.81
Credit Line: Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Bell
Photo credit: Phoenix Art Museum
- London, Mallett at Bourdon House Ltd.
- Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Bell
- 1963, Collection Phoenix Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Bell
- Museum's website, 2 June 2015
- Museum label, September 2011:
Marie Leszczynska (1703-1768) was the longest-serving queen consort of France. Here, Coustou represents her as the ancient Roman goddess Juno. As the goddess of marriage, Juno - spouse of Jupiter, king of the gods - was connected to all aspects of women's lives.
Daughter of Poland's exiled King Stanislaw, Leszczynska spent her early life in Sweden and France. In 1725, she married the then 15-year-old Louis XV. Over the next 12 years they had 10 children, including Madame Adélaïde and Madame Victoire, whose portraits also hang in this gallery. In the round portrait-within-a-portrait of Madame Adélaïde, Leszczynska is the middle figure.