Portrait of Polissena, Queen of Sardinia (wife of King -Charle Emanuel III of Savoy), princess of Hesse-Rheinfels-Rotenburg
The portrait, painted between 1730 and 1730, is attributed to Maria Giovanna Clementi
73 cm by 55 cm canvas
Period frame 90 cm by 74 cm
Polissena d'Assia-Rheinfels-Rotenburg (1706-1735)
Born in Langenschwalbach, Germany today, has 10 brothers and sisters. Her sister Caroline was one of the women proposed in marriage to Louis XV, she actually married Duke Louis-Henry of Bourbon-Condé.
Still very young, she was proposed in marriage to Carle Emanuele, hereditary prince of Savoy after the death of his first wife-marriage in 1724.
In 1728, after the death of her mother-in-law Anna Maria d'Orléans, she became the most important and influential woman in the court of Savoy. In 1730 his stepfather Vittorio Amedeo II abdicated in favor of his son Carlo Emanuele.
Polissena becomes Queen of Sardinia, Princess of Piedmont, Duchess of Savoy ...
She died at the age of 28.
Husband giovanna Clementi (1692-1761)
Born in Turin, she is the daughter of a surgeon. She was trained in Turin with the court painter Giovanni Battista Curlando, who advised her to become a portrait painter. In 1733, she resides with her husband in the palace of Count Carlo Giacinto Roero.
Some documents show that from 1722 worked for the court, painting portraits of members of the royal family of Savoy.
His famous works:
Portrait de Victor Amedee de Sardaigne
Portrait d'Anne Marie d'Orléans
Portrait de la princesse du Piemont (1722)
Portrait du prince Vittorio Amedeo Theodore de Savoy (1725)
Portrait de la princesse Maria Felicita de Savoy
Portrait des fils de Victor Emmanuel III de Sardaigne (1730)
Portrait de la princesse Maria Luisa de Savoy (1732)
Portrait de Vittoria Maria Elisabetta Gazzelli
Portrait de Victor Amadeus III de Sardaigne
Portrait de Charles Emmanuel III de Sardaigne
Portrait de Polyxena de Hesse, reine de Sardaigne