Ginevra de' Benci

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  • Ginevra de' Benci
  • Ginevra de' Benci [obverse]
  • View: Overall view without frame

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Title

Ginevra de' Benci
Ginevra de' Benci [obverse]
View: Overall view without frame

Subject

allegory; plants; botanical; portrait; juniper; betrothal

Description

She was the daughter of a wealthy Florentine banker, and her portrait--the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas--was probably commissioned about the time of her marriage at age sixteen. Leonardo himself was only about six years older. The portrait is among his earliest experiments with the new medium of oil paint. Ginevra de' Benci's portrait is two-sided. The reverse side is an emblematic portrait of Ginevra. A scroll bears her Latin motto, meaning "Beauty Adorns Virtue."

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: National Gallery of Art [Washington DC, website]; http://www.nga.gov/

Date

ca. 1474-1478 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Format

oil paint on panel
15 in (height) x 14 9/16 in (width)

Type

painting (visual work)

Identifier

leon001.jpg

Coverage

National Gallery of Art (Washington, District of Columbia, United States) 1967.6.1; Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian painter, 1452-1519), “Ginevra de' Benci,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 19, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2844.

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