1760s early (probably) Count Giacomo Durazzo in the guise of a huntsman, with his wife (Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff) by Martin van Meytens the Younger (Metropolitan Museum - New York City, New York USA)

The Metropolitan Museum's notes for the image follow, "Meytens's father had emigrated from Holland to Stockholm, where Martin was born. He moved to Paris in 1717 and worked there primarily as a portrait-miniaturist. He traveled widely in Germany, Italy, and Austria before accepting in 1731 the position of official painter at the imperial court in Vienna. The sitter, Count Durazzo, was a Genoese diplomat who arrived in Vienna in 1749. A year later, he married a socially prominent eighteen-year-old Viennese beauty, Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff. As director of the imperial theaters from 1754 until 1764, Durazzo promoted the German composer Christoph Willibald Gluck's reform of Italian opera. This double portrait probably dates to the early 1760s, shortly before the Durazzos departed for Venice. A certain elegant rigidity of form is typical of Martin van Meytens's work, as is the magnificent lace with which the costumes are embellished." For more van Meytens works, see Maria Theresia's Subalbum here.

Countess Ernestine's dress has a pointed under-bodice covered by the lace-trimmed tent entrance-like panels of her over-bodice - all pastel blue to match her over-skirt. The over-bodice panels are folded back like lapels as they curve up to almost cover her chemise. The satin under-skirt is richly decorated with lace.

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