Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858) was a famous 19th century portraitist and the favorite painter of King Ludwig I of Bavaria who devoted his picture gallery (the ‘Schonheitsgalerie’ in the Schloss Nuremberg, Munich, Germany) to beautiful women of his kingdom. The King personally selected the subjects and commissioned Stieler to paint their portraits. As a reward for their cooperation, the women received the dresses in which they were painted.
Stieler painted 36 women from 1827-1842; their portraits are still on view at the Schloss Nurenberg.
They were widely reproduced on Royal Vienna porcelain plates. The following are some spectacular examples.
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