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Artist: Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan 1 of 1

Portrait of Don Diego Gomez de Sandoval Y Rojas, Count of Saldana, c. 1598

Juan Pantoja de la Cruz

Spanish, 1551-1608
Oil on canvas
73 x 41-1/8 in. (185.4 x 104.5 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1965.1.048.P
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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One of the only known portraits of this noble, Don Diego Gomez de Sandoval (c.1578–1632) was the son of King Philip III’s chief minister, the Duke of Lerma, and attained the title of Count upon his marriage to the Condesa de Saldaña in 1604. He wears an etched, half armor that dates to around 1560, one that Pantoja (or someone in his workshop) has copied carefully and meticulously. In the artist’s last testament of October, 1608, there is mention of an unfinished, full-length portrait of the Count of Saldaña, and the painter’s after-death inventory of the following month records that portrait still in his studio. If the painting was still unfinished at that point we do not know, however the artist signed the work himself. Where the inscription of the date was meant to be, immediately after his name, is now blank, and was probably removed.

This painting was in the vast collection of Philip, Duke de’Orleans, Regent of France (1624–1723) and its inventory number, 472, in that important collection is seen beneath the table, just above the artist’s signature.

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Artist: Pantoja de la Cruz, Juan 1 of 1