Antonietta Gonsalvus by Lavinia Fontana: Is It the Original?

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Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), Portrait of Antonietta Gonsalvus, canvas, 54.5 x 47 cm21.4 x 18.5 in. Estimate €80,000120,000

The disturbing story of Antonietta Gonsalvus, suffering from hypertrichosis, will not leave you indifferent. Her portrait is one of the stars of the Garden Party organized at Château d'Artigny, alongside a wooden 2 CV and a manuscript by Alfred Jarry, among others. Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614), Portrait of Antonietta Gonsalvus, canvas, 54.5 x 47 cm/21.4 x 18.5 in.Estimate: €80,000/120,000 The little girl is all dressed up, wearing an embroidered dress and refined clothing, as usual, since everyone liked to dress her like a doll. She stands facing us, holding a paper recounting her family's incredible history. But in Antonietta's eyes, painter Lavinia Fontana has

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