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Giovanna Garzoni
PORTRAIT OF A NORTH AFRICAN, POSSIBLY AN ABYSSINIAN
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Giovanna Garzoni
PORTRAIT OF A NORTH AFRICAN, POSSIBLY AN ABYSSINIAN
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Details & Cataloguing

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Giovanna Garzoni
ASCOLI PICENO (?) 1600 - 1670 (?) ROME
PORTRAIT OF A NORTH AFRICAN, POSSIBLY AN ABYSSINIAN
Watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, mounted on card, gilt-metal frame;
signed and dated verso: Giovanna Garzoni F. / Torino 1635
58 by 48 mm.
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Provenance

Sale, Geneva, Christie's, 14 November 1989, lot 209

Literature

Casale, 1991, pp. 19 & 55, no. A5

Catalogue Note

Painted while Garzoni was working in Turin for the Duke of Savoy, this remarkable portrait appears to be one of the earliest depictions, in miniature painting, of a native African sitter. His identity is currently unknown, however the richness of his clothes may indicate that he held a position at Court.

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part I

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