Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales  

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Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales (ca. 1594-1595) by Lavinia Fontana
Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales (ca. 1594-1595) by Lavinia Fontana

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Portrait of Antonietta Gonzales[1] (ca.1594-1595) is a painting by Lavinia Fontana of Antonietta Gonzales, in the collection of Musée des beaux-arts de Blois.

The letter she holds in her hand reads:

“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.” (1)

(1) Merry Wiesner-Hanks, "The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their World," Yale, 2009.

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