1622-1627 Policena Spinola, Marchioness of Leganés by Sir Anthonis van Dyck (Museo del Prado - Madrid, Spain)

Biographical information about her husband, Diego Felipez de Guzmán, marqués de Leganés, can be found here while biographical information about her father, Ambrosio Spinola, can be found here. Her genealogical sketch is here.

From Lluís Ribes Mateu's photostrem on flickr; filled in shadows.

1622-1627 Policena Spinola, Marchioness of Leganés by Sir Anthonis van Dyck (Museo del Prado - Madrid, Spain) From Lluís Ribes Mateu's photostrem on flickr shadows

Van Dyck painted several of Ladies in basque dresses with skirts adorned with T-shaped stripes, high necklines, and deep ruffs. A single line of gold ornaments runs from hem to neckline where it is joined by gold-ornamented sleeves tabs, the crucifix, and the bodice ornament. The hanging sleeves hang to the floor.

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