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Portrait of a Noblewoman
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Portrait of a Noblewoman

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Description Turning her gaze towards the spectator with one hand resting on her hip, this noblewoman has a stately, matronly appearance that is intended to express personal discipline and dignity. Her lavish costume-with a scarf tied to her hair, a brocade dress set with pearls and a feather, and jeweled pendants-communicates her social status, as does the column, suggestive of a palatial setting, a compositional device developed during the 16th century to communicate aristocratic status. For more information on this portrait, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 421, pp. 531-532.
Date Description Narrative
12/19/1936Treatmentexamined for condition; repaired; varnish removed or reduced
11/13/2001Examinationexamined for condition
11/15/2001Treatmentfilled; lined; loss compensation; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1897 catalogue: no. 778, as Portrait of an Actress, by Largillière]; 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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ca. 1750 (Baroque)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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Painted surface H: 37 11/16 x W: 28 7/16 in. (95.7 x 72.2 cm)


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