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Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1744
Bonito, Giuseppe
Queen Maria Amalia of Saxony
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1744
Bonito, Giuseppe

Charles III described Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724-1760) as possessing the wit of an angel, and felt himself to be the happiest and most fortunate man in the world. The portrait of his young wife reflects his affectionate words and the complicity between the married couple, since appearing in it is the crown that Charles wore in Palermo on the day of his enthronement as King of Naples and Sicily.

The Turkish Embassy in Naples
Oil on canvas. 1741
Bonito, Giuseppe
The Turkish Embassy in Naples
Oil on canvas. 1741
Bonito, Giuseppe

Giuseppe Bonito was a student of Francesco Solimena (1657-1747) and a follower of his artistic idiom. This can be seen in the decidedly Baroque appearance of his early mythological and religious works, which later led to an amiable, colourist Rococo style. Bonito specialised in genre paintings and portraits, and the present canvas is a fine example of his skills. It is especially attractive as a h

Leopoldo de Gregorio, Marquis of Esquilache
Oil on canvas. 1759
Bonito, Giuseppe
Leopoldo de Gregorio, Marquis of Esquilache
Oil on canvas. 1759
Bonito, Giuseppe

This refined portrait is the only one known to date of the Marquis of Esquilache (1699-1785). He accompanied Charles III to Madrid and was appointed Minister of the Treasury. The inkwell and staff of office allude to his many Neapolitan titles, while the letter destined Alla sua maestà delle due Sicilie points to his links with the King.

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