1622 Margherita de Medici by Justus Sustermans (location unknown to gogm)


This Medici married a Farnese. Her Wikipedia article is here. The rise of nation states may have foreclosed on the Medici family's future at about this time. Margherita became Duchess of Parma by her marriage.

From GianLucaBovenzi's photostream on flickr; spots removed throughout image with Photoshop by gogm.

Margherita is about ten years old, but she is dressed as an adult with a basque-waisted farthingale with false and hanging sleeves. The collar shown in the preceding portraits is probably much easier for the wearer than this ruff - she needs her handkerchief.

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