Jacob Ferdinand Voet (Antwerp 1639- Paris 1689) &
Giovanni Stanchi, called Giovanni Stanchi dei Fiori (Rome 1608- Ca. 1675)
Presumed portrait of Louise de La Baume Le Blanc, Duchesse de La Valière &
Presumed portrait of Françoise-Athénaïs de Rochechouart Mortemart, Marquise de Montespan
Ca 1668- 1670
Pair of oil on copper
25,7 x 21,2 cm
Each plate is inscribed ‘Colonna’ at the rear
Then, the first one is inscribed ‘de la Valière’ the second one ‘de Montespan’.
Provenance: Collection of Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna (1637- 1689).
Expertise: Francesco Petrucci, September 2018.
Jacob Ferdinand Voet had a leading role in the development of a particular taste for the gallerie delle belle (lady’s cabinets) in Rome during the second half of the 17th century. In 1672 he painted his first series for the Chigi family. This group of portraits was very well received and quickly replicated with variations for several noble families throughout the Italian peninsula, amongst which the Colonna. The pair of portraits here presented comes precisely from the Colonna’s Roman collection.
Francesco Petrucci, specialist of Voet, linked them to some written sources: first of all, a payment order dated March 14th 1673 to be made on behalf of prince Colonna to Ferdinand Voet for the making of several portraits. Such a document can be completed thanks to the inventory of the collection of Prince Filippo II Colonna, made between 1714 and 1716. Here are mentioned two small portraits on copper, surrounded by a flowers garland. According to Petrucci the two portraits here presented are identified with the pair described in the inventory. The garlands can be given to Giovanni Stanchi, a specialist of flower painting, who worked in other occasions for the Colonna family. Indeed, he is mostly known for having collaborated with Carlo Maratta to the making of two paintings on glass staging some putti playing.
Another copper plate from the Colonna collection is known. This allows to think that within the galleria delle belle of the house Colonna was an important group of small portraits on copper, surrounded by flower garlands.