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Portrait of Marquess Massimiliano Stampa
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Portrait of Marquess Massimiliano Stampa

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Description The boy can be identified as the nine-year-old Massimiliano Stampa, third marquess of the small northern Italian city of Soncin, on the basis of a contemporary annotation on the back of the canvas. This is Sophonisba Anguissola's first major commission. The family commissioned it to commemorate the boy's inheritance of his title in 1557, at his father's death. Anguissola was a sympathetic observer of children: here she leavens the stern, very "adult," impression of the full-length portrait in the traditional black clothing of the Italian courts during the 16th century with the appeal of child's hesitant expression and the inclusion of the boy's sleeping pet.
Date Description Narrative
12/19/1983Treatmentcleaned; stabilized; mounted; re-housed; coated; loss compensation
6/01/1987Treatmentloss compensation; coated
1/02/1995Examinationexamined for condition
  • Renaissance Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1923.
  • Old Mistresses: Women Artists of the Past. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1972.
  • Sofonisba Anguissola e le sue sorelle. Centro Culturale "Città di Cremona", Cremona; Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington. 1994-1995.
  • Going for Baroque. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995-1996.
  • Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
  • A Tale of Two Women Painters: Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana. Museo del Prado. 2019-2020.
Provenance Chantel Collection, Lyon [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Trotti, Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown; Galerie Trotti & Cie ?, founded 1901 )]; James Stillman and son C. C. Stillman, New York, prior to 1921 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Sale, American Art Galleries, New York, February 3, 1927, no. 29 [as Portrait of a Yound Prince of the Este Family, by G. B. Moroni]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Inscribed by a contemporary hand on the verso of the original canvas in black paint: MAX.STA.MAR.SON.III-AET.AN.VIIII-1557; [Translation] Massimiliano Stampa, the 3rd marquess of Soncino, in his ninth year, 1557.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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1557 (High Renaissance)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H including painted extensions around all four sides: 53 1/8 × W: 28 × D: 1 in. (134.94 × 71.12 × 2.54 cm); Framed H: 67 × W: 41 × D: 3 1/4 in. (170.18 × 104.14 × 8.26 cm)

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