Our painting depicts a young prince in a state dress of great wealth. It is very close to another Sustermans painting that can be admired at the Vecchio Palace in Florence by the young princess Anne Louise de Medici.
Oil on canvas 137 cm by 99 cm
Frame of 155 cm by 118 cm
Provenance: Former Abbey of Jumièges -collection Aimé-Honoré Lepel Cointet
Justus Sustermans (1597-1681)
In 1609, in Antwerp, Giusto Sustermans is the pupil of the painter Willem de Vos.
From 1616 to 1619, he went to Paris where he attended the studio of portrait painter Frans Pourbus the Younger.
He leaves for Florence with a group of French upholsterers engaged by the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
He became the official painter of the Medici court (under Cosimo II, then under Ferdinand II and Cosmo III). In his day, he is considered throughout Italy as the finest portraitist under the nickname of Monsù Giusto and most Italian courts appeal to his talent: in Rome by Pope Urban VIII in 1627 and by Pope Innocent X in 1645, in Milan by the governor, the Marquis of Leganes, in 1640, but also in Ferrara, Genoa, Mantua, Modena, Parma.
It is found in Vienna in 1623 and in Innsbruck in 1653.
A considerable work that spans more than sixty years in which it will represent portraits, but also subjects of historical or religious inspiration
The whole of Florentine society, princes, servants, ecclesiastics, soldiers, scholars, members of the greatest Italian families: Barberini, Colonna, Corsini, d'Este, Farnese, Pampili. None of his works are signed, they are or attributed, or his studio