GERMAN MASTER AROUND 1700
Portraits of a Girl in a Shepherdess Costume and a Boy in Hunting Garb
Oil on canvas
Inv. No. 26, 37
86.1 × 67.2 cm
These children’s portraits by an unknown artist owe their exceptional charm not only to the glowing colouration and the elegant poses, but also to the natural depiction of child-like grace radiated by the subjects despite their shepherdess and hunting costumes. The insignias displayed on the framing cartouches identify them as members of the aristocratic Schönborn family. If the date 1665 (added later) can be believed, the boy is presumably Lothar Franz von Schönborn, who would have been ten at the time and who later attained historical significance as the prince-bishop of Würzburg as well as archbishop of Mainz and thus imperial chancellor.