Description Maria Clementina Sobieska (1702-1735), the granddaughter of King John III of Poland, married James Francis Edward Stuart, the "Old Pretender" to the British throne when she was sixteen years old and lived mostly in Italy. She died very young, but had two sons, one of whom, Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie), was the "Young Pretender." The subject's royal status is indicated by the crown at her right. She wears a large stomacher in the form of a bouquet of jeweled and enameled flowers. A single jewel is mounted above her forehead and looped over her shoulder is a magnificent rope of pearls. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 389, pp. 504-505.
|9/06/1939||Treatment||inpainted; loss compensation; media consolidation; x-ray|
|6/12/1968||Treatment||cleaned; coated; filled; inpainted; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced; x-ray|
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 829, as Alexis Simon Belle]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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