Portrait of Maria Gonzaga, Duchess of Mantua and Reigning Duchess of Montferrat (1609-1660).
Miniature painted on copper, of oval shape, preserved under a beveled glass in a vermeil frame, topped by a suspension ring.
Slight wear from the time, but good general condition.
Sight : H. : 6, 7 cm - W. : 5,5 cm.
Frame : H. 7.2 cm high, 5.7 cm long.
History: Maria was the eldest daughter and only surviving child of Francesco IV Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua and Montferrat (1586-1612) and Margaret of Savoy (1589-1655), daughter of Charles-Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, and the infanta Catherine Michelle of Spain. From her marriage to her cousin Charles Gonzaga duke of Nevers (1609-1631) in 1627, Maria Gonzaga had three children. On the premature death of her husband, she became regent of the duchy of Montferrat from 1612 to 1660 and of the duchy of Mantua during the minority of her son Charles from 1637 to 1647.