A Jacobite Gazetteer - Italy

Stupinigi - Palazzina di Caccia


The town of Stupinigi is located about ten kilometres south of Turin. The centre of the town is a hunting lodge (palazzina di caccia) formerly owned by the House of Savoy. A number of Stuart and Savoy portraits of Jacobite interest hang in the palazzina.1

In the Galleria dei Ritratti hang 54 portraits of various princes. They are numbered beginning on the left side at the top and proceeding from top to bottom, down the left side and then back on the right side. No. 2 is a portrait of Queen Maria Clementina, wife of King James III and VIII.2 No. 25 is a portrait of Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans (daughter of King Charles I).3 No. 35 is a portrait of King Charles IV.4 No. 47 is a portrait of King Charles II.5 There are also portraits of the father of King Charles IV, King Victor Amadeus III of Sardinia (nos. 19 and 33) as well as portraits of his mother, Queen Maria Antonia of Sardinia, (no. 20) and sister Princess Maria Teresa of Savoy (no. 34).

In the Sala del Bonzanigo of the Appartamento di Levante is an oval portrait of Prince Giuseppe Benedetto of Savoy, Count of Moriana, younger brother of King Charles IV and King Victor; it hangs over a glass mirror.

Prince Giuseppe Benedetto of Savoy
Sala del Bonzanigo
with portrait of Prince Giuseppe Benedetto of Savoy

In the corridoio of the Appartamento del Principe di Carignano there are portraits of King Victor6 and of his younger brother King Charles Felix of Sardinia (no. 82).

In one room of the palace hang portraits of a number of infant princes and princesses of the House of Savoy by Giuseppe Duprà, including King Charles IV and King Victor (in a dress with a small dog).7 There are also paintings of their siblings: Maria Giuseppina (holding a dove and pointing at a map), Maria Teresa (seated at a table with flowers), Maurizio, and Carlo Felice (with a small dog with a silver collar). In 2014 the portraits were displayed in the Antibiblioteca and in the Biblioteca alfieriane.

King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont
King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont

King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont
King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont

King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont
King Victor, when Duke of Aosta

Princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy
Princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy,
sister of King Charles IV and King Victor

Princess Maria Teresa of Savoy
Princess Maria Teresa of Savoy,
sister of King Charles IV and King Victor

Notes

1 Noemi Gabrielli, Museo dell'Arredamento, Stupinigi, La Palazzina di caccia: Catalogo (Torino: Tommaso Musolini, 1966), 96-99.

2 The oval portrait measures 103 cm high by 88 cm wide.

3 The portrait measures 89 cm high by 70 cm wide.

4 The portrait measures 150 cm high by 99 cm wide.

5 The portrait measures 110 cm high by 88 cm wide. It formerly hung at the Castello di Moncalieri.

6 The oil-on-canvas portrait measures 195 cm high by 78 cm wide.

7 Sonia Sbolzani, "Le gemme dei principini di Savoia ", Storia (lunedì, 13 dicembre 2010), http://www.imore.it/rivista/?p=17984. Cf. "Piccoli principi a Stupinigi", Scenario Magazine (10/06/2014), http://www.scenariomag.it/piccoli-principi-stupinigi/. Giuseppe Duprà was born in Turin in 1703 and died in the same city in 1784. He was the younger brother of Domenico Duprà who in the 1740s painted numerous portraits of the Royal Family especially of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Henry, Duke of York; several of these are now at the Palacio de Liria in Madrid.

Image 1 (Sala del Bonzanigo with portrait of Prince Giuseppe Benedetto of Savoy): http://upload.wikimedia.org

Image 2 (King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont).

Image 3 (King Charles IV, when Prince of Piedmont): Sbolzani.

Image 4 (King Victor, when Duke of Aosta).

Image 5 (Princess Maria Giuseppina of Savoy, sister of Charles IV and Victor): Sbolzani.

Image 6 (Princess Maria Teresa of Savoy, sister of Charles IV and Victor).


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