Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Antonietta Gonzales

Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales, Lavinia Fontana, circa 1595

The text on the paper reads in translation: ’Don Pietro, a wild man discovered in the Canary Islands, was conveyed to his most serene highness Henry the king of France, and from there came to his Excellency the Duke of Parma. From whom [came] I, Antonietta, and now I can be found nearby at the court of the Lady Isabella Pallavicina, the honorable Marchesa of Soragna.’

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