Portrait of Don Diego Gomez de Sandoval Y Rojas, Count of Saldana

Portrait of Don Diego Gomez de Sandoval Y Rojas, Count of Saldana
Juan Pantoja de la Cruz (Spanish, 1551-1608)
c. 1598
Oil on canvas 
73 x 41-1/8 in. (185.4 x 104.5 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
Not on View

One of the only known portraits of this noble, Don Diego Gomez de Sandoval (c.1578–1632) was the son of King Philip III’s chief minister, the Duke of Lerma, and attained the title of Count upon his marriage to the Condesa de Saldaña in 1604. He wears an etched, half armor that dates to around 1560, one that Pantoja (or someone in his workshop) has copied carefully and meticulously. In the artist’s last testament of October, 1608, there is mention of an unfinished, full-length portrait of the Count of Saldaña, and the painter’s after-death inventory of the following month records that portrait still in his studio. If the painting was still unfinished at that point we do not know, however the artist signed the work himself. Where the inscription of the date was meant to be, immediately after his name, is now blank, and was probably removed.

This painting was in the vast collection of Philip, Duke de’Orleans, Regent of France (1624–1723) and its inventory number, 472, in that important collection is seen beneath the table, just above the artist’s signature.


Philip, Duke of Orleans, Regent of France (1674-1723).
Hollingworth Magniac, Colworth, near Woburn, Bedford, England (sale, London, Christie’s, 4 July 1892, lot 124, as Philip III, King of Spain, to);
E. C. Smith, purchased (or bidding) on behalf of his brother;
Oswald Augustus Smith, by descent to his son;
Basil Guy Smith, by descent to his daughter;
Nancy Oswald Smith, Shottesbrooke Park, Maidenhead, Berkshire, England (sale, London, Christie’s, 13 February 1948, lot 39, to);
[Duveen Bros., New York, stock no. 30031, sold 1965 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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