Idealised Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), Sandro Botticelli
Sandro Botticelli
Idealised Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph)
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Idealised Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph), ca. 1480 – 1485


Dimensions
81.3 x 54 x min. 0.3 cm
maximum depth
1 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
936
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849
Status
On display, 2nd upper level, Old Masters, room 13

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The fantastical accoutrements in this larger-than-life-size half-length painting of a young lady make it clear that it is not a likeness in the strict sense, but an ideal portrait in the mythological guise of a nymph. Shown in profile, the young woman displays the features of Simonetta Vespucci, the prematurely deceased mistress of Giuliano de’ Medici. The pendant on her necklace also places her in the immediate circle of the Medici, imitating a famous ancient cameo which was in that family’s collection.

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07.06.2024