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Frans Pourbus II-Attrib. "Portrait of a girl thought to be Maria de' Medici", oil miniature, ca. 1590
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1st-class quality oil on copper miniature with portrait of a young (she appears to be 14 to 16 years of age) girl dressed and hair-styled according to fashion of the late 16th century. The miniature bears a hand-written (by one of its previous owners) inscription "Medicis" on its verso, which implies that this portrait was thought to be that of young (ca. 10 years prior to her wedding in 1600) Marie de' Medici, future Queen of France (1575-1642; CLICK HERE FOR HER BIOGRAPHY IN WIKIPEDIA).
One can well understand the author of this inscription, for in 1590 Princess Maria was 15 years old and looked somewhat similar to the girl in our portrait (see our image nr.8).
Nevertheless, several considerations speak against this hypothesis.
Firstly, the girl is portrayed in a simple dress, which would have been unnatural for the daughter of Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Secondly, the stylistic criteria of this portrait argue against its presumably Italian (Florentine) origin, yet strongly suggest its Flemish provenance. In this case, the first author's name in question would be that of (working around 1590 in Antwerp) Frans Pourbus II (or the Younger), author of another very similar in technique miniature in our possession (see our web # 36319). His name will become connected with the court of Marie de' Medici only in 20 years - in 1609 he was invited by the French Queen to Paris. In the 1690s his sitters lived in the South Netherlands…
Frans Pourbus the Younger (1569 Antwerp - 1622 Paris) was a son of the Flemish painter Frans Pourbus the Elder (1545 - 1581) and grandson of the painter Pieter Pourbus (1510-1584). He is also referred to as Frans Pourbus II.
He was only twelve years old and living in Bruges when his father died. When Frans turned nineteen, he inherited a sum of money from his grandmother (wife of Pieter Pourbus) and moved to Antwerp where he became a Guild Master in 1591. He rose to the rather lofty and prestigious position of a court painter for the royal court of Archduke Albert - where he had his great breakthrough. In 1599 he was invited by Vincenzo Gonzaga, the Duke of Mantua, to become his court painter in Italy. Thus, in 1600 he went to Mantua where he was employed as a court painter and contributor to the Duke's Gallery of beautiful women. But another event happened at Mantua that was to influence Frans' life later. At about the same time the Duke employed another Flemish painter to his court - the soon-to-be world renowed Peter Paul Rubens. Pourbus and Rubens worked as colleagues from 1600 to 1608.
In 1609 Frans Pourbus was sent to Paris by the Duke of Mantua to do some painting for Henry IV of France and Queen Maria de Medici. The Queen specifically asked the Duke for the permanent services of Pourbus and the Duke agreed.
Our images nr.11-14 convincingly support his possible authorship.
Condition: good; set in the late-18th-century brass frame
Creation Year: ca 1590
Measurements: UNFRAMED:5,0x3,9cm/2,0x1,5in FRAMED: 7,2x5,7cm/2,8x2,2in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: oil on copper
Inscription: verso: old inscription "Medicis"
Creator: Frans Pourbus the Younger
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Creator Dates: 1569 Antwerp-1622 Paris
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