Portrait of Francesca Gommi, Wife of Carlo Maratti

Carlo Marattac. 1670s-80s

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This portrait drawing by Carlo Maratti conveys the immediacy of being drawn while the artist looked directly at the sitter’s features. The sitter, Francesca Gommi, was Maratti’s mistress (later wife), who he also depicted in a formal portrait, now in the CMA’s collection (see 2018.1). This drawing, instead, depicts an intimate moment. Adding to the casual nature of the portrait, Gommi wears a whimsical rimless hat, which may be a sleeping cap.

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  • Title: Portrait of Francesca Gommi, Wife of Carlo Maratti
  • Creator: Carlo Maratti (Italian, 1625-1713)
  • Date Created: c. 1670s-80s
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 38.7 x 25.7 cm (15 1/4 x 10 1/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Collection of Andrea Procacini, inherited by his wife, Rosalía O'More after the death of the artist, sold in 1775 by Andrea Procacini and Rosalía O'More at the Academie des Beaux-Arts de San Fernando, Collection of Valentín de Carderera, Eduardo Carderera, Madrid, Spain, María del Pilar Carderera, Madrid, Spain, Carlos Carderera, Madrid, Spain, Galería José De La Mano, Madrid, Spain, the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/2019.74
  • Medium: red chalk on paper
  • Inscriptions: inscribed with paraph of Ignacio Augustin de Hermosilla Sandoval y Rojas, laid down on album sheet inscribed “60 R”
  • Fun Fact: The sitter of this portrait was the mistress of the artist and later his wife.
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: Italy, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Dudley P. Allen Fund
  • Collection: DR - Italian
  • Accession Number: 2019.74

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