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Decorative Arts:  Portrait of Maria Gonzaga, Regent of Mantua...
Italian Princess of Mantua, Duchess of Montferrat. 1609-1660. Daughter of Francesco IV... granddaughter of Eleanora de Medici... you get the picture. She served as regent of Mantua on behalf of her son Charles, 1637-1647, which is probably when this portrait was painted. I know there is at least one other copy, which I believe is part of the state archives and possibly the prototype. Given the importance of her role in the War of Mantuan Succession- I'm sure more than a few likenesses of the princess were commissioned for the homes of her loyal subjects. This rendering has helpful information painted on either side of the family crest in spandrels below her image... just in case someone forgot who was in charge.
The portrait has been cleaned and lined, and retains the original stretcher. The 18th century frame is the one it came with; very costly and in very fine condition.
Italian ca. 1640


Oil on Canvas  34 in. by 44 1/2 in. framed size  $7500
   
   
   


 

 




 
804 Timberlake Dr., Edwardsville, IL 62025    603.498.5009    johnphilbrick@gwi.net