Portrait of a Noble Young Lady

Pier Francesco Cittadini
1616 Milan – 1681 Bologna
Material: Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 51 x 44 cm
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Here is a copy of an expertise by Alessandro Delpriori, Florence. The young lady in the half-portrait wears a high-necked, richly embroidered dress decorated with fine cords and agraffes, and above it a gold, filigree-worked necklace with a large gemstone brooch with a hanging baroque pearl. Another pearl necklace is above it. Large earrings with strikingly large oval pearls match the gold chain. According to the imagery of the time, striking pearl jewelry was seen as a sign of youthful untouchedness. The very graceful, like clever face, with big black eyes, effectively set in the light, with curly brown hair on the side that leads to the black background. Contrary to the muted colored dress, the red hair bows shine out, corresponding to the emphasized red lips.
As a student of Danele Crespi (1598-1630), studying with Guido Reni (1575-1642), whose painting style adopted a completely different style, we also know frescoes from his hand in the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo.
However, the painter has largely concentrated on the court portrait in his work, which has probably made him the sought-after specialist in this field, with not a few of these pictures showing young courtly ladies. Minor retouching.

Literature: Domenico Sedini, Pier Francesco Cittadini, online catalog Artgate by Fondazione Cariplo, 2010

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