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


Dimensions
81.8 x 54.0 x min. 0.3 cm
maximum depth
1.0 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Inventory Number
936
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

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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Basic Information

Title
Idealized Portrait of a Lady (Portrait of Simonetta Vespucci as Nymph)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on poplar
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1849

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Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61BB2(VESPUCCI,Simonetta)11(+2) historical person (VESPUCCI,Simonetta) - BB - woman - historical person (VESPUCCI,Simonetta) portrayed alone (+ all kinds of 'portrait historié': mythological portrait, allegorical portrait, 'Rollenporträt', etc.)
  • 92L3 nymphs (in general); 'Ninfe in commune' (Ripa)
  • 41D132 fashionable woman, 'belle'
Secondary

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04.01.2019