16th Century, Italian Big Painting, Portrait, Oil on Canvas, Girl with Dog


Portrait of little girl in pink dress with dog, Italian school dating from the beginning to the middle of the 16th century.
From the 15th century the theme of childhood begins to imply also the iconography and the children appear in scene of daily life represented with the adults. But it is from the 16th century that the child becomes the object of real portraits and this mode develops in all the European courts where the noble families order the portraits of their children to the major artists of the time.
This portrait belongs to a type of pictorial production intended for the wealthiest families.
The girl, placed in the center of the painting, stands with adult dignity in front of the spectator.
His face, with a broad forehead symbolizes intelligence, is characterized by a small mouth, a small nose and two large deep eyes. She is dressed in a pink dress with a rounded neckline, sleeves with a wide shape and a high waist, according to the fashion of the early 16th. Also according to the beauty of the Renaissance hair is picked up back to discover the front and adorned with flowers. The scene is full of allegorical references such as the dog, symbolize fidelity, or the fleur de lys, symbolize purity. In the background we can look at a garden with a fountain where a Putto support a dolphin, another element typically Renaissance and especially Italian typicament, as well as the dress and the hairstyle of the girl.
The careful examination of the canvas and colors during a cleaning by a specialized laboratory confirmed the time and provenance of the painting.

The canvas underwent a rentoilage at the end of the 18th century. On the second canvas there are annotations looking at the previous owner.

The portrait is framed in a beautiful Italian frame (Marche) carved, lacquered and gilt wood entirely original.

Canvas H. cm 84 x L. cm 65
Frame H.cm 104 x L. cm 84

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