"Portrait of Ginevra de' Benci" by Leonardo da Vinci
Exquisitely conserved, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci” (c. 1474/1478) is the only work by the Renaissance genius located in the Americas. The portrait captures the likeness of a sophisticated and learned young Florentine woman named Ginevra de’ Benci. Although the circumstances of the commission are not known, Ginevra de’ Benci had many admirers, among them Lorenzo de’Medici and Bernardo Bembo, the Venetian ambassador to Florence. It is quite likely that one of her many admirers commissioned her portrait. A groundbreaking work, “Ginevra de’ Benci” is one of the earliest known examples of a 3/4 frontal pose in Italian portraiture. “Ginevra de’ Benci” is exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
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