Portrait of Marie Beatrice Eléonore Isabel d'Este, princess of Modena (1658-1718) attributed to Henri Gascar (1635-1701).
Frame and canvas of origin.
Marie Béatrice born in Modena Italy in 1658, her father the Duke of Modena reigned over the area of ??Modena and Reggio, his mother was a niece of Cardinal Mazarin.
At the age of 14, she was asked in marriage with the Duke of York, brother of the King of England Charles II and heir to the throne, the ceremony took place 2 years later.
The Duke of York became King James II of England and Ireland, but the latter favored a rapprochement with the Catholic Church and fled to France under the protection of Louis XIV in 1688. His reign lasted only three years. years.
October 5, 1658 - September 30, 1673: Princess Mary of Modena
September 30, 1673 - February 6, 1685: Princess Marie, Duchess of York
February 6, 1685 - December 11, 1688: Her Majesty the Queen
December 11, 1688 - May 7, 1718: Her Majesty Queen Mary
Elisabeth Elisabeth daisy (Warsaw Museum Poland)
By Henri Gascar
-Marie de Modena, by Willem Wissing 1660
-Henri Gascar, Portrait of Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland
Henri Gascar, born in Paris in 1635, was a great success as a portrait painter through the European royal courts and more particularly in the service of Charles II king of England; he must leave this country during the glorious revolution that brought about the fall of King James II and his wife Marie Beatrice; elected member of royal academy by Louis XIV,
he leaves then continues his career in Italy.
Our large format painting is very representative of the style of Henri Gascar, it introduces a large amount of objects, flowers and drapery in the decor that have earned him success with the English nobility accustomed to decorations more austere.
Henri Gascar painted around 1660 the full portrait of the Duke of York, we can think that he painted our portrait in this year.
Dimensions without frame: Width: 125cm Height: 158.5cm
Dimensions with frame: Width: 129cm Height: 162.5cm