Margherita Gonzaga (1591–1632), Princess of Mantua

Frans Pourbus the Younger Netherlandish

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Pourbus was court painter of Archduke Albert in Brussels when in 1600 he went to Italy at the invitation of Vincenzo Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua. This portrait must depict the Duke of Mantua's daughter, Margherita, to judge from Pourbus's full-length portrait of her dated 1605 in the Uffizi, Florence. In this period Rubens also worked for Vincenzo Gonzaga, but he eagerly left the painting of formal portraits and a gallery of "beauties" to Pourbus, who in 1611 became Maria de' Medici's court painter in Paris.

Margherita Gonzaga (1591–1632), Princess of Mantua, Frans Pourbus the Younger (Netherlandish, Antwerp 1569–1622 Paris), Oil on canvas

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