Agostino Masucci

The solemnization of the marriage of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart and Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska at Montefiascone 1 September 1719 (About 1735)

About this artwork

The Polish princess Maria Clementina Sobieska was chosen to be the bride of Prince James Francis Edward Stuart, the 'Old Pretender', who lived in gloomy exile in Rome. Jacobites everywhere rejoiced at the birth of their son, Charles, in 1720, but Clementina had a fierce temper and soon she and her much older husband were quarrelling constantly. Within months of the birth of their second child, Henry, she left James and took refuge in a convent.

Agostino Masucci

Agostino Masucci

Agostino Masucci was born and trained in Rome. He painted many religious subjects for chapels and altarpieces in Rome. His classical style was based on the work of Guido Reni and Raphael. He received prestigious commissions from the courts of Turin, Spain and Portugal and he was a particular favourite of King John V of Portugal. An accomplished draughtsman, Masucci also painted many portraits. The artist's two most important pupils were the Scot, Gavin Hamilton and Pompeo Batoni, the latter overtaking him in popularity during the 1740s.