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Book competition

18 March 2016

This week’s competition prize is Vigée Le Brun by Joseph Baillio, Katharine Baetjer and Paul Lang, published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (£30). Click here for your chance to win.

Vigee Le BrunElisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) was one of the finest 18th-century French painters and among the most important women artists of all time. Celebrated for her expressive portraits of French royalty and aristocracy, Vigée Le Brun exemplified success and resourcefulness in an age when women were rarely allowed either. This handsome volume follows the fascinating life of Vigée Le Brun, portraying a talented artist who nimbly negotiated a shifting political and geographic landscape. Essays by international scholars illuminate 90 paintings and pastels that attest to Vigée Le Brun’s superb sense of colour and expression. A chronology of her life and a map of her travels after exile from Revolutionary France accompany the text, elucidating the journeys of this remarkable, independent painter.

For your chance to win simply answer the following question and submit your details here before midday on 8 April.

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was the favourite portrait painter of which royal consort?

This competition closes at midday on 8 April.

For our last competition prize we offered Death on the Nile: Uncovering the Afterlife of Ancient Egypt by Helen Strudwick and Julie Dawson, published by D Giles Limited, in association with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (£45).

Who was the Egyptian god of the afterlife and ruler of the underworld?

Answer: Osiris

Congratulations to the winner, Michael Morton