Madame Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord (1761–1835), ca. 1805. François Gérard (French, 1770–1837). Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Gérard, a student of David, was first painter to the empress Joséphine while the sitter, born Catherine Verlée, was one of the celebrated beauties of her time. She seduced her first husband, George Francis Grand, in one of a series of liaisons that culminated in her becoming the wife of the statesman Talleyrand.