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See the Cleves sisters in their original form

In case you weren’t aware, the women on the covers of the Three Graces Trilogy are not the actual Cleves sisters.  I’d love to be able to say that was due to plain laziness, but the reason not to feature them on the covers was a practical one.  Consider their portraits:

Marie of Cleves by Clouet

Marie of Cleves by Clouet

Marie of Cleves by Clouet
Henriette of Cleves by Clouet

Henriette of Cleves by Clouet
Catherine of Cleves by Unknown

Catherine of Cleves by Unknown

She may look quite stout to me, but keep in mind that this indomitable woman survived fourteen pregnancies.  I’d say she looks great considering her body went through all of that stress.  I don’t know who the artist was, but the next two portraits are traditionally credited to Francois Clouet.


 

The actual portraits are tiny- and by tiny I mean small enough to fit into a modern woman’s handbag.  To give you an idea, this is an image of the Clouet room at the Louvre.

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