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Crispijn de Passe the Elder (1564-1637)

Antoinia de Lorraine, Duchess of Jülich, Cleves and Berg 1599

Engraving | 14.0 x 10.7 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 608898

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  • An engraving of Antonia of Lorraine, Duchess of Jülich-Kleve-Berg. Bust length with curled hair, open rug, pearl ruff and embroidered gown. Within a circular border bearing Latin inscription with further verses below. Cut down. This print forms a pair with a portrait of her husband, Johann Wilhelm, of which Cassiano did not own an impression (Holl.XV.763). The print of Antonia de Lorraine was later included in the Fürstlichen Geschlechts und Hauses Gülich, Clev, Berg und Mark … Stamm-Register (Arnheim 1610). This pint is lettered around the portrait: "ANTONIA LOTHARINGICA D.G. DVCISSA CLIVIAE, IVLIACI, BERGARVM. COM: MARCHIAE ET RAVENSBVRGI, ETC."; along the bottom: "Quæ manus artificis tria sic confudit, vt vno ... / Diuinae in tabulam mentis imago fluit."; at the lower right: "Crispianus Passæ, cœlator ad / Viuum depinxit Coloniæ. 1599;" at the lower left Greek lettering. This print is part of a group of portraits of French queens and noblewomen by Crispijn de Passe I in the Cassiano collection, where the sitter is shown bust-length in a lettered roundel, beneath which are lines of verse. This print formed part of an album of French royal portrait prints assembled by Cassiano dal Pozzo in Rome and described in an early nineteenth-century inventory of prints in George III’s library as Kings of France, Queens and other illustrious Personages. The album was arranged chronologically, with kings and their consorts together, while the latter part of the album was devoted to the female aristocracy of France. It was dismantled later in the nineteenth century and its prints incorporated into the series of Engraved Royal Portraits (organised dynastically). For more information see Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. I: Ceremonies, Costumes, Portraits and Genre, 3 vols, Royal Collection Trust 2017, part of The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonné, cat. no. 1306.

    From the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio's grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

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    14.0 x 10.7 cm (sheet of paper)

    10.7 x 10.6 cm (image)

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