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Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate

Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate

German artist
Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate
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Intro German artist
A.K.A. Pfalzgräfin Luise Hollandine Pfalz-Simmern, Princess Hollandine Louis...
Was Painter Nun
From Germany
Type Arts Religion
Gender female
Birth 18 April 1622, The Hague
Death 11 February 1709 (aged 86 years)
Mother: Elizabeth StuartQueen of Bohemia
Father: Frederick VElector Palatine
Siblings: Charles I LouisElector PalatineEdwardCount Palatine of SimmernGustavus Adolphus of the PalatinateHenry FrederickHereditary Prince of the PalatinateMaurice of the PalatinatePrince Rupert of the RhinePhilip Frederick of the PalatinateSophia of HanoverElisabeth of the PalatinateHenriette Marie of the Palatinate
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Louise Hollandine of the Palatinate (18 April 1622 – 11 February 1709) was a painter and abbess. She was a daughter of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia, and Elizabeth Stuart.


In 1644, Louise painted this portrait of her sister, Sophia of Hanover.

Louise Hollandine was a talented portrait painter and graphic artist, a talent that she shared with her brother, Prince Rupert. She was student of Gerard van Honthorst and painted so ably in his style that some of her works were attributed to him. For unknown reasons and to the dismay of her Protestant family, in December 1657 she fled to France and converted to the Roman Catholic faith. On 25 March 1659 she became a novice and on 19 September 1660 a nun in the Cistercian Maubuisson Abbey. With the support of King Louis XIV, she became Abbess of Maubuisson in August 1664.

As a painter, the princess is considered an "amateur". The portraits she painted are often in the Baroque style of Honthorst, but there are exceptions, which were likely not commissioned. Her works were generally kept within her family, and some can now be found in German museums.


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