'The Charm of Giovanna Garzoni’s Art' By Lorraine Ferrier, The Epoch Times

June 11, 2020

In 1635, Garzoni painted a rare portrait when she was at the court of the House of Savoy in Turin. Her portrait of Zaga Christ, who claimed to be an Ethiopian prince, is the earliest known European portrait miniature of a black sitter, said Emma Rutherford, portrait miniatures specialist at the art dealers Philip Mould & Company, on a video on the company's website.

In the portrait, Zaga Christ is depicted in European dress even though he hailed from Ethiopia. On the back, Garzoni's signature script is written in both Italian and Amharic, an ancient Ethiopian language.

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