1604-1605 Margherita Gonzaga, Duchess of Lorraine by Frans Pourbus the Younger (Galeria Palatina, Palazzo Pitti - Firenze Italy)

Margherita was sister of Holy Roman Empress Eleonora and the second wife of Henri II, Duke of Lorraine, after Catherine of Navarre. Margherita's Wikipedia article is here.

The close relation of Spanish and Italian style is obvious. The pattern of her skirt is similar to patterns worn by Isabel Clara Eugenia. Her hat and coiffure are also directly comparable. Margherita appears to be wearing a supportasse decorated with pendant jewels. Her skirt appears to be slashed, but randomly along the center front.

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