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Count Giacomo Durazzo (1717–1794) in the Guise of a Huntsman with His Wife (Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff, 1732–1794)  1765

by Martin van Meytens

The sitter, a Genoese diplomat, arrived in Vienna in 1749. A year later he married a socially prominent eighteen-year-old beauty, Ernestine Aloisia Ungnad von Weissenwolff. As director of the imperial theaters from 1754 until 1764, Durazzo promoted Gluck's reform of Italian opera. This portrait probably dates to the early 1760s, shortly before Durazzo's departure for Venic...
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art