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Elizabeth, Princess Palatinate (1618-1680), Daughter of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and King of Bohemia and Elizabeth of Bohemia

Sitter associated with 11 portraits
Elizabeth, Princess Palatine was the eldest daughter and most gifted child of Frederick V and Elizabeth Stuart, who were briefly elected King and Queen of Bohemia. She studied science and philosophy, and when Descartes stayed in the Netherlands a friendship between the princess and the philosopher developed. At her request, he became her teacher in philosophy and morals, and in 1644, he dedicated to her his Principia. The two maintained a philosophical correspondence for seven years until his death. Elizabeth went on to become abbess of the protestant ecclesiastical community of Herford in Germany.

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