"Portrait of a Woman" by Jan Mytens (1660s) at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles - From the curators' comments: "Standing against a wooded landscape, an unknown woman looks out at the viewer while plucking a sprig from a fruit tree. Her pale violet silk dress that shimmers when it catches the light, her elaborately styled hair, and the pearls adorning her hair, ears, and neck identify her as a woman of status."
Mme. Françoise Athénaïs Montespan (1641-1707) was the mistress of Louis XIV. She was maid of honor to Queen Marie Thérèse, his Queen. She bore the king several children. Their education was entrusted to Mme. de Maintenon, who succeeded her in the king’s favor. Montespan was a demon in the advancement of her bastards by Louis, all of whom were given titles and great wealth. It took years to get rid of her.
Caspar Netscher, 1635-1684, The Hague. Portrait of Suzanna Huygens, oil on panel, private collection, painted 1667-1669. A beautiful rendering of white satin against white skin and luminous pearls dramatically set against a dark background.