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Attributed to Giovanni Andrea dalle Piane (Italian, c. 1679-1759) after Sir Anthony van Dyck
Portrait of Battina Balbi Durazzo, seated three-quarter-length, in a white and gold dress
oil on canvas
47 x 37¼ in. (119.4 x 94.6 cm.)
Mrs. A.D. Williams, by whom gifted to the present owner in 1928.
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S. Barnes et.al., Van Dyck: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings, New Haven, 2004, p. 173, under no. II.28, as a 'half-length copy...probably...by Gio. Andrea delle Piane'.
The present painting is a partial copy after the original by Van Dyck which depicts Battina Balbi seated full-length with her sons Giacomo Durazzo (1620-79) and Carlo Emanuele Durazzo (1622-74), in a private collection. According to Barnes (op. cit.), the present half-length copy is likely the 1721 version by Gio. Andrea delle Piane that the Invrea family accepted from Giacomo Filippo Durazzo II when he purchased the original.
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