Artist: Joseph Karl Stieler
Born: 18 October, 1815 – ?
Almost nothing is known about Therese Renard Spence’s life. She was born in 1815 on 18th October but when she died is not known. Spence is her married name. The portrait was finished in 1837, when Therese Renard Spence was 22 years old and already married. In the painting she is wearing the traditional Greek robes and a crown of laurel, and holding a lyre in her hand; she is representing the Greek lyric poet from the island of Lesbos called Sappho.