Hendrick van Balen, the Elder (1571-1632) (after)
Continental, 18th Century
Proof before letters
Frederic Robert Halsey Collection, collectors stamp verso
16.25 x 12.5 inches
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Old Master portrait of a Lucrezia Borgia, casting a sideways glance toward a doorway behind her, where a group of women are approaching, one holding a paddle-shaped fan. It is a proof before letters (before the title and credits were imprinted at the bottom). We have located other examples of the print, but not of the original painting on which it is based.
This print has a collectors stamp monogram on the backside, comprised of the letters F and R within the letter H, for Frederic Robert Halsey (1847-1918). A large number of his prints were sold at Anderson Galleries in New York City between 1916 and 1919.
Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519) was an Italian noblewoman of legendary beauty. She had a notorious reputation as a vicious character who went through legions of husbands and lovers who were used and discarded, although contemporary scholars have debunked that view. After 1510 she led a quiet life, although she never shook off the aura of scandal.