Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Art & History Feature - The Women of Renaissance In Portraits

The Women of Renaissance in Portraits

Leonardo Da Vinci  - La belle Ferroniere (Musee du Louvre)   
Possibly a mistress of Franciss I of France.

Leonardo Da Vince Ginevra de' Benci (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.)

Ginevra was a Florentine 15th century aristocratic woman who was admired for her intelligence by her contemporaries.

Leonardo da Vinci Lady with an Ermine (1490, Czartoryski Museum, Kraków)
This portrait depics Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of Leonardo's employer, Ludovico Sforza,
known as "Il Moro".

Rafael, Maddalena Doni (Palazzo Pitti, Florence)

Rafael, La Donna Velata (Palatine Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Florence)
This portrait is of Rafael's Roman mistress, Margherita Luti.

Hans Holbein, Miniature of Jane Small (c. 1540, Victoria and Albert Museum, London)
An English aristocratic woman.

Hans Holbein, Lady Elizabeth Audley

Young Elizabeth Tudor, artist unkonwn

Portrait of Catherine di Medici, French Queen, artist unkown 
Lorenzo di Credi, Portrait of  Caterina Sforza ( Museum of Forli)

Titian, Isabella d'Este (Kunsthistorisches Museum)
A great woman of the Renaissance, known for her beauty, grace and intelligence. She was a great patron of arts.

Which Renaissance woman would you like to know more about?


  1. Definitely Elizabeth Tudor, in my opinion! :-)

  2. I'd love to know more about La Donna Velata. And I am very curious about the lady with the ermine.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...