ca. 1591 Erzherzogin Katharina Renea (1576-1595) in schwarzem Kleid by Jakob de Monte (Kunsthistorischesmuseum - Wien Austria)

Here is her brief Wikipedia article that includes a link to this image, "Archduchess Catherine Renata of Austria (4 January 1576 - 29 June 1599) was a member of the House of Habsburg. She was the daughter of Archduke Charles II of Austria, the son of Emperor Ferdinand I, and Maria Anna of Bavaria. Her elder brother Archduke Ferdinand, succeeded as Holy Roman Emperor in 1619.


Born in Graz and like all of her siblings, Catherine Renata suffered of the famous Habsburg inferior lip. Negotiations for a marriage between her and Ranuccio I Farnese, Duke of Parma were initiated when Catherine Renata suddenly died aged twenty-three. She was buried in the Seckau Abbey.

Katherine Renata wears what could be called the Habsburg uniform of a saya of black with gold trim in this de Monte portrait from around 1591.

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