Portrait of Isabella d'Este

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Title

Portrait of Isabella d'Este
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Subject

human figure; portrait; rulers and leaders

Description

Leonardo da Vinci left Milan in 1499 when the French army invaded Italy. On his way to Venice he stopped at Mantua, where Isabella d’Este asked him to paint her portrait. This famous drawing is a sketch for the portrait that was never painted; despite its fragile state of conservation, it is one of Leonardo’s finest head-and-shoulders portraits, here with the head in profile. It is also the only known drawing by the master that is highlighted with several colored pigments. Isabella d'Este (19 May 1474-13 February 1539) was Marchesa of Mantua, regent of Mantua during the absence of her husband, Francesco II Gonzaga and the minority of her son, Federico, Duke of Mantua. She was both a major cultural and political figure.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Louvre Museum [website]; http://www.louvre.fr/

Date

1499-1500 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

red, black and ochre chalk heightened with white on paper
61 cm (height) x 46.5 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon055.jpg

Coverage

Musée du Louvre (Paris, Île-de-France, France) MI753; 1st arrondissement; Purchased in 1860
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Portrait of Isabella d'Este,” Institute Images Online, accessed January 16, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2897.

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