After Jakob Ferdinand Voet (Flemish, 1639-c. 1700)
Portrait of a Lady, Thought to be Ortensia Mancini, as Aphrodite
Unsigned, sitter mistakenly identified as Olympia Mancini, Contessa di Soissons, on a presentation plaque.
Oil on canvas, 29 x 24 in. (74.0 x 61.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Lined, retouch, stable craquelure.
N.B. Ortensia Mancini was one of the five celebrated Mancini sisters, who along with two of their female Martinozzi cousins, were known at the court of King Louis XIV of France as the Mazarinettes. These seven women were nieces of Cardinal Jules Mazarin, the Chief Minister of France during the youth of King Louis XIV. He brought them, along with three of his nephews, from Italy to France in the years 1647 and 1653. Afterwards, he arranged advantageous marriages for them to powerful and influential French and Italian princes.
The painting at hand is a copy of a known work by Voet that is said to portray Hortense (Ortensia). However, the visage also bears a strong resemblance to portraits of Maria Mancini, another one of the sisters.
Framed dimensions are 43 x 36 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches and is a carved Florentine style reproduction. Frame bears a label from Adam Art Center, Manhasset, New York, on the reverse.
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