This grand portrait has been recognized by Francesco Petrucci as an important rediscovery by Voet, and one of the rare full length portraits that the artist ever produced. The sitter has been likely identified as Teresa Pamphilj (Rome October 14, 1654 - Mass on Aug. 7, 1704), daughter of Prince Camillo Pamphilj and Princess Olimpia Aldobrandini. Along with Voet’s portraits of Anna Pamhilij-Doria
(Palazzo Doria-Pamphilij, Rome) and Peter Bankers
(Private Collection), this is one of the very few large scale, full length works by Voet, who specialized in half and bust-length portraits of the elite patrician class in Rome and Milan. The identity of the sitter is based on comparison with Voet’s portrait of Teresa Pamphilj Cybo in the Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia, which Petrucci believes predates the present work by a few years. This canvas may have been commissioned on the occasion of Pamphilij’s 1673 marriage to Prince Camillo.
We are grateful to Francesco Petrucci for his assistance in the cataloguing of this lot. Petrucci’s original and expanded correspondence is available upon request.