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Portrait of a Lady: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Benedetto was a member of an eminent family of artists. In this portrait, the sitter is depicted in accordance with the ideal of feminine beauty in fifteenth-century Italy, of which her high forehead, large, heavy-lidded eyes, arched eyebrows, and a long supple neck were prized characteristics. A pale complexion and bleached hair were also desirable. The sitter's simple hairstyle, fine jewelry and modest demeanor indicate that she is a respectable married woman of an aristocratic family. The painter's skill at realistic representation is evident in her transparent veil.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Rights: Copyright Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Added to Site: March 17, 2009