1630s. Oil on canvas. The National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA. Read Note.
Dona Polyxena Spinola Guzmán de Laganés was the daughter of a Genoese admiral and the wife of Spain's ambassador to Genoa. Her marriage took place in Madrid in 1628. Both her Italian father and her Spanish husband served official duties in the Netherlands, and her costume is northern European in style.
The historical comments on Spinolas are kindly presented by the descendent of the Spinola family Fiorenbellina Spinola. Visit her site: Agriturismo "I Mori Gelsi" - Fattoria Spinola.