Portrait of Princess Benedetto Giustiniani by Pompeo Batoni

The picture and its pendant, a portrait of Prince Giustiniani, were commissioned by William Constable (I721-1791), a member of an old North Country family, who had twice visited Rome as a younger man and was a keen amateur of the arts.

Details

Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
74 x 61 cm
Art Fund grant:
£4,800 ( Total: £19,205)
Acquired in:
1978
Vendor:
Agnew's

He was related to the Princess. Batoni was 77 when he painted the portraits, which have been compared to those of Goya in their almost cruel characterisation. The Princess's likeness is particularly penetrating, although the tragic loss of two of her children two years earlier may account for her looking much older than her real age of 44.

Provenance

William Constable; anon,. sale, Christie's, 1953; Antony Clark; Christie's, July 1978.

Venue details

Scottish National Gallery The Mound, EDINBURGH Edinburgh EH2 2EL 0131 624 6200 www.nationalgalleries.org

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