Maria Farnese by Matteo Loves (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire - Genève Switzerland)

Her Wikipedia article is here.

From Wikimedia.

I have been aware of this portrait for years, but the dress strikes me as being ugly. Her otherwise undistinguished saya has a very wide collar decorated with what appears to be sophisticated lace. Sophisticated lace is associated with the end of ruffs and farthingales - a ruff is not the best way to display expanses of new beautiful laces.

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