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The sitter is elaborately dressed. Her gown is fronted, edged and sleeved with gold braiding, and the cuffs are small white ruffs. Around her neck is a vast cartwheel layered ruff. It is a sumptuous full-length portrait, probably of the marchesa Maria Grimaldi, whose father, Carlo Grimaldi, put his villa at Sampadierna at the disposal of Rubens and his employer, Duke Vincenzo Gonzaga I of Mantua, in 1607.
oil on canvas
H 241.5 x W 139.5 cm
bequeathed by Ralph Bankes, 1981